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lAHUAMY 19^ 

Reflections By Still Waters 

Matt Brooks, 

I Know How You Feel! 

Charles W. Turner 


It seems like I just said it to all 
my friends, but it is that time of 
year again, so "HAPPY NEW 
YEAR!" Time does indeed fly and 
the passing years make it all seem 
like it is jet-powered. I tried to get 
ready for the New Year early this 
time, but it arrived several months 
ahead of my schedule. It seems 
that this year New Year's Day came 
just after the Fourth of July— some- 
one must have rearranged the whole 
.calendar for me! 

I felt bad about the passing of 
time until I picked up a little news 
item this week. It was about an 
Irish-born fellow by the name of 
Matt Brooks. He looked into the 
matter of early retirement, thinking 
he was about 63. His employer, I. 
T. New World Gas Oven Manu- 
facturers, wrote to the Irish 
records' office in Dublin. Four 
months later a reply arrived saying 

Brooks was 79 and should have re- 
tired 14 years ago. Poor Matt 
Brooks had this reply after learning 
the truth about his age: "I feel 
years older." And why not? 

Time has not been flying by 
quite that quickly for me, but I 
find myself using expressions that 
are give-aways about my age. I still 
ask the post office man for a penny 
post card and a three-cent stamp 
and he just smiles. Time has 
moved on v/hen you catch yourself 
going to the "5 and 10 cent 
store"— because that will not even 
cover the state sales tax on most 

A couple other expressions that 
just might date you as coming from 
another era is to talk about a bag of 
penny candy now that candy bars 
are about 35 cents each. And not 
too long ago I shocked a teenager at 
Baskin-Robbins when they asked 
me what size Ice cream cone I 
wanted. Thinking in the realm of a 
single dip, I asked for a five-cent 
one. I was promptly informed that 

the nickel and dime size cones were 
70 cents and $1.10. My, what time 
and inflation will do to the sim- 
pliest things in life. 

But it is 1982 and a whole new 
year is unfolding. With the econ- 
omy limping and interest rates still 
on crutches, this could be a thriller 
for all of us. I am certain that the 
Lord is still in control and the 
opportunities will continue to 
abound for His work and His will. 
It may not be easy, but when has it 
been easy to get all of the good 
things accomplished that need to be 
done in the church and program of 
God? This year will bear fruit for 
those who are willing to work in 
the vineyard with zeal and dedi- 
cation. Those who take it easy will 
be the first complainers when 
things do not go well. However, 
that has been true whatever the 
date might be on the calendar. 

Excuse me as I take one last 
look back at 1981. It had its 
problems, but it also had a lot of 
good days, too. We at the Herald 
want to express our thanks to all in 
our Fellowship of Churches for 
the fine year that we enjoyed. 
Income soared to new heights (and 
also expenses), but the magazine 
and books and good Christian 
literature continued to go forth 
from Herald Ministries. In 1971, 
we established a ten-year program 
to have $1 ,000,000 in sales and 
income by 1981. It proved to be 
the year when we just missed 
51,500,000. So the trend con- 
tinues upward and the future days 
look like they are filled with 
challenges and promises. There will 
be the pleasant surprises from the 
Lord and there will be the un- 
pleasant happenings that will bring 
the storm clouds. But He who puts 
forth His sheep and goeth before 
them, is the same God who 
promises never to leave us nor for 
forsake us. 

So with that in mind, "Hello— 
1982. Here we all come, but would 
it be possible to slow it down— just 
a little?" 


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Foreign M/siions 

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Grace Brethren Boys 

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Grace Brethren Men 

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Home Missions 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Brad Skiles 

Women's Missionary Council: 

Nora Macon 

^^CJ' ▼ "1 Grace Schools expanding in the '80s. 

repcrted in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1947 

Venison sandwiches were served at the church social on 
New Year's Eve at the Canton Brethren Church. The pastor. 
Rev. R. D. Crees, shot the deer while hunting in Pennsyl- 
vania. . . . Rev. Raymond Blood, pastor of the Grace Breth- 
ren Church in Fremont, Ohio, was called home to be with 
the Lord. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1967 

The interior of the College Bookstore has been re- 
modeled with new fixtures and an open house was held dur- 
ing the Grace Bible Conference. . . . Rev. Robert Kern has 
accepted the call to become pastor of the Woodville Grace 
Brethren Church of Mansfield, Ohio. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1977 

East Side Grace Brethren Church of Columbus, Ohio, 
has moved into their new church facilities. . . . The special 
speakers for the Grace Bible Conference at Grace Schools 
were Dr. Nicholas Kurtaneck, Rev. G. Michael Cocoris, and 
Dr. J. Herbert Kane. 


(Editor's note: Over 1^50,000 of the Life's Most Important 
Question tract have been printed. Here is a sample of the reaction 
we have been getting from many different denominations and all 
parts of the country.) 

Dear Sirs: 

Thank you for the last order of tracts. I am so happy with them 
that many were given away to Christians to alert them to good ma- 
terial. Instead of "cough, mumph, here's a tract," I say: "I'm a 
preacher, and as a preacher I make it my business to know the way 
to heaven and how to tell others to get there. This tract is the very 
best material that I have found on that subject." People really want 
the tract after that buildup.— Kansas 

Volume 44 

Number 1 

January 1982 


4 Making the Most of This Decade 

7 A Morning in October and a Conversation 

with Paul Dick 

10 Pastors' Conference Set for March 

12 Lord, Pour Out Your Spirit on France 

17 Teaching Others to Teach 

18 How to Raise Money for Missions 

21 Why Churches Grow 

22 TCS/TLCat Bellflower 
Chattering Love 

24 Western Pennsylvania Float Trip 

25 Flora's Fail Fling 

26 The Value of a Men's Organization 
30 What Do I Write to a Missionary? 
32 Interview with Dr. Kent 

btnh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 20 • 

Redeeming the Time 

Making thR Most of This 

by Brad Skiles 

Promotional Secretary 

Time has passed us by again. 

Yesterday we were entering a new decade, today 
we're beginning its third year. What happened to 
1980 and '81? How are we doing in maximizing this 

While worl<ing at Brethren Home Missions, I've 
noticed an emphasis on "redeeming the time." Dr. 
Pifer and his staff believe that Christ could soon re- 
turn. They believe that this could be our last decade. 

If the '80s were to be our last decade, what would 
you want to be known for? How would you want the 
Grace Brethren Fellowship to be described in this 
"last" decade? 

I think these kinds of thoughts have produced in- 
creased activity at Brethren Home Missions. Certainly 
we want our Fellowship to continue its reputation of 
being true to God's Word. All of us want to be com- 
mended for accurately dividing and preaching the 
Word. But we also want to be known for redeeming 
our time and fulfilling our share of Christ's commis- 
sion to reach the lost. 

In the '80s, the Brethren Home Missions Council 
can be the catalyst which moves the Grace Brethren 
Fellowship toward greater outreach. Dynamic local 
churches will be essential to the growth of our Fel- 
lowship, but as they unite with Home Missions, their 
effectiveness in church planting, and thus evangelism 
and discipleship, will be multiplied. 

The challenges of the '80s are enormous. This may 
be America's "greatest hour." Will we leave our path 
to humanism and turn back to God? 

Likewise, this may be the FGBC's "greatest hour." 
Will we do our part in rightly influencing America? 
Will we do our part in fulfilling the Great Com- 

Like the silent majority of a few years ago, I be- 
lieve the majority of Grace Brethren believers want to 
maximize their potential for God. We want to win 
neighbors and friends for Christ. We want to see our 
churches packed. We want to see new churches 
started. And we're even willing to work to make it 

But such talk needs to start at home. It needs to 

begin with individuals. And as the flame ignites, it can 
spread across the nation and world. 

In this decade, we, as a body of believers, can use 
the Brethren Home Missions Council to achieve 
results that none could accomplish independently. We 
can use Brethren Home Missions as an extension of 
ourselves; as a tool in which our congregation be- 
comes active in reproducing itself. We can utilize the 
experience of Home Missions, and thus accelerate our 

For Brethren Home Missions to redeem the time, 
it must continue to adapt and modify methods. Our 
world is changing. We can't afford to use yesterday's 
techniques in today's world. Methods must be con- 
stantly evaluated, but our message of Christ must be 

New experiences and insights are helping Home 
Missions run more smoothly. Refinements are increas- 
ing its efficiency. 

In a decade where time is running out. Home Mis- 
sion churches must develop more quickly. Home Mis- 
sion pastors, skilled in church growth, must rapidly 
move churches into self-supporting levels. Our goal of 
a church becoming self-sustaining in five years or less 
is good. We need to encourage all of our churches to 
follow that pattern. But somehow we need more 
churches, at possibly a much lesser expense. 

Is Brethren Home Missions redeeming the time? I 
think so. 

In recent years Brethren Home Missions has in- 
creased its efficiency. Its churches are now setting 
paces in church growth. The strong support from the 
Fellowship is helping it establish more Grace Brethren 

Contributing to this improvement has been the 
progressive use of corporate goals. For many years 
the Home Missions board has moved toward more 
specific accountability. They have come to expect 
certain growth patterns from Home Mission churches. 
And they have desired an expanding vision from the 
Council's leadership. 

Last year the management of Brethren Home Mis- 
sions concentrated on sixteen corporate objectives. 
These objectives resulted in more refinements and Im- 
provements than any previous year. 

At the time of this writing (November), 65 percent 


of the goals for 1981 have been accomplished. The 
achievement of some of the goals, like: "Win, bap- 
tize and bring 1,000 people into the membership of 
Home Missions churches," and "Attract $900,000 in 
offerings for 1981," will remain unknown until Feb- 
ruary, when all the receipts and reports have been col- 
lected. Other goals are now history. 

The list of sixteen objectives and 100 sub-goals is 
too lengthy to discuss here. But it would be good to 
highlight a few. 

Many advancements were made last year in com- 
municating our image of a winning team. We ver- 
balized the concept, wrote of it in the Herald, Harvest 
News, and other materials, and used slide-tapes and 
table displays to reveal our track record. All of this 
would have been in vain, unless previous years veri- 
fied our success. And they do. We praise the Lord for 
how He has worked among our board members, our 
pastors. Home Mission churches, and supporters in 
producing results that demonstrate our effectiveness. 

"Was '. . . pastoral benefits, training, recruitment, 
and image . . .' improved?" 

Yes and no. We were able to achieve our recruit- 
ment goals. Rev. Bill Smith, our eastern field secre- 
tary, is still serving as our recruiting representative. 
Through continual visits to Grace Seminary, Bill 
Smith has attracted several young men to Home Mis- 
sions. Bill will continue to make contacts in other 
seminaries and graduate schools. 

The Council struck-out on improving pastoral 
benefits, at least to the levels we desired. Plans of a 
retirement program and a suggested policy for auto 
expenses were halted with insufficient funding. 

Improvements were made in our training programs 
for pastors. We also went to work on promoting our 
pastors' image. We are still developing a Pastors' Wives 
Care Committee. We hope to see this committee meet 
some of the need of Home Mission pastors' wives. 

The Council has made tremendous progress in re- 
fining our church selection process. A quantitative 
analysis report is helping to evaluate the readiness of 
potential Home Mission churches. 

A tight economy hindered our goal of $500,000 in 
new deposits for the Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion. We are rejoicing though, in how God has con- 
tinued to supply the BIF with new accounts and de- 



1 . Create an image of a winning team, one which accom- 
plishes its objectives. 

2. Improve pastoral benefits, training, recruitment, and 
image, with winning team concept. 

3. Improve church selection and church image. 

4. Win, baptize and bring 1 ,000 people into the member- 
ship of Home Missions churches. 

5. Attract $900,000 in offerings for 1981. 

6. Generate $500,000 of new deposits in the Brethren 
Investment Foundation. 

7. Stimulate a positive discipleship program for new 
converts, lay leadership and future pastors in Brethren 
Home Missions churches. 

8. Strengthen channels of communication and accounta- 
bility, internally and externally. 


9. Reach 1981 schedule of new churches in "A Bountiful 
Harvest" program (52 by 1984). 

10. In 1981 , develop one or two strong Bible classes or 
churches in Canada. 

1 1 . Improve ministerial and district relationships. 

12. Seek a pattern of two new states per year. 

13. Improve Achievement Program, stressing realizable 

14. Strengthen the deferred giving program and expertise 
in this area. 

15. Re-identify and re-position the Brethren Investment 
Foundation and Brethren Building Ministries as viable 
and major contributing factors in the FGBC. 

16. Encourage designated personal support of Brethren 
Home Missions ministries. 

posits. This is remarkable during a time when many 
secular savings and loans associations are suffering. 

To touch on a few more significant goals; we suc- 
ceeded in improving our communications with Home 
Mission churches and established churches. Rev. Jim 
Hunt has a strong Bible class in Stanstead, Canada. 
Our achievement program was revised and improved, 
and we are just introducing a personal support pro- 
gram for Home Mission ministries. 

We did miss our Bountiful Harvest church-planting 
schedule by three churches. We praise the Lord for 
being able to adopt nine new points during 1981. 
Only 33 future churches are necessary to complete 
the goal of 52 new Grace Brethren churches by 1984. 

The Council also desired to plant two churches in 
two states that do not have Grace Brethren churches. 
The staff followed up on several leads but nothing 
seemed to develop. 

Reviewing the progress of Brethren Home Mis- 
sions, I'm convinced of its potential. With eight years 
remaining, our Fellowship can redeem the time by 
joining hands with Brethren Home Missions. 


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Investments With Eternal Dividends 

A Morning in October. . . and 

a Conversation with Paul Dick 

by Michael Boze 

Art and Audio- Visual Director 

I glanced over at the alarm clock which 
glowed 4:03 a.m. as I shoved the cat off my 
face. Stupid cat. No matter how many times I 
hurled it bodily into the darkness, it always 
returned ... to walk ever so daintily across my 
face. Then, after exploring my ear with his 
cold, wet nose, his strategy was to lie on the 
pillow next to my head, purring. It's amazing 
how much the sweet rumble of a cat's purr can 
sound like an air hammer at 4 o'clock in the 
morning. "He hates me," I thought. "Down 
deep inside the little wretch hates me." 

I was not psychologically prepared for work 
that morning. As I walked to my car, a bit 
bleary-eyed from the cat battle, I noticed that 
the weather was particularly vile. The slate- 
gray clouds were scudding along, spitting rain. 
Rain with sleet in it. Great. 

When I got to the Missions Building, Brad 
(Brad Skiles, my boss) reminded me that we 
had an interview with Paul Dick at 10:30. "At 
last, some fun," I thought. I remembered some 
of the facts Brad and I discussed earlier about 

Paul Dick just recently retired from the 
pastorate after serving the Lord for forty years 
at the Grace Brethren Church in Winchester, 
Virginia. That's half a lifetime, and a record 
term of service in our Fellowship. I imagined 
he would have some very interesting insights 
into many areas of the pastorate. 

The interview began with introductions, 
hearty handshakes and a warm, genuine smile 
from Paul. Paul's a sharp individual. His quiet 
confidence impressed me from the start. We 
began to talk about his church. We decided to 
begin by discussing his first few months at 

"I went to Winchester in October of 1941 , 
and I've been at Winchester ever since. I was 
24, 25 I guess at the time. I remember over- 
hearing one lady say, after my first sermon, 
'He's so young. I feel sorry for him.' There 
was a problem within the church and she felt a 
young fella just couldn't handle it. I stuck it 
out, however. 

"Two months after 
Harbor was bombed." 

Being a World War I 
up at this statement. 

got to Winchester, Pearl 
buff, my ears perked 

Rev. Paul Dick and his wife, Esther. 1981 

"I was in the radio station at 4:30 on the 
Sunday afternoon of December 7 when the 
news came across. I was broadcasting. I had 
just gotten into my program about five minutes 
when the engineer gave me a sign that I was off 
the air. The United Press News bulletin was 
read and he put me back on the air. I spoke for 
another two minutes and he gave me another 
sign that I was off the air. After three or four 
times like that I gave him the sign, forget it! So 
that finished my broadcast that Sunday after- 

We were curious as to how the war affected 
his congregation. 

"Of course, after that a lot of our young 
men went to war, some of whom never came 
back. That was really the beginning of our 
ministry there. 

"It was difficult because I was sent there to 
build a church. Then several months later all of 
our young men were taken away. There just 
wasn't much left. So we struggled through 
those years between '41 and '45. We had 
building on our minds the whole time even with 
a war on. I finally proposed a building program 
which just about knocked the people over back- 
wards. I'll never forget one lady said, 'Our 
pastor has never suggested anything that hasn't 
worked out, so let's give him the opportunity.' 

"In 1946 we began our new church and 
finished it in '47 at a cost of, I'd say, about 
$30,000. Ten years later we built a Sunday 
school unit for $55,000. Unbelievable! Interest 
rates were out of this world ... at 5 percent!" 

The expansion of the Winchester building 
was badly needed. The original sanctuary was 
only six pews deep. Paul said he could "almost 
catch a man in the back seat around the neck if 
he wasn't listening." The present sanctuary 
holds 400 and is in need of further expansion. 

Brad asked Paul if he was under Home 
Missions when he began his ministry. 

"Yes, I think, if I remember, the church had 
gone self-supporting and then had some diffi- 
culties, so the Council took it on again. My 
whole salary was $1 ,600 a year. I had just been 
married, but the Council supported us. We 
appreciated it." 

Each year, the Home Missions Council 
encourages their churches to assume more of 
their pastors' salaries, with the goal of inde- 
pendence from the Council. Pastor Dick and 
the Winchester church didn't have to be 
prodded toward self-support. 

"I would always stay one step ahead of the 
Council and come to national conference 
armed with a proposal from our church, saying 
that we had voted to assume more of my salary. 
The Home Missions Board always listened to 
our suggestions. In fact, they were glad to see 
me coming. 

"We went self-supporting in 1948. As a 
reward," he smiled, "I was elected to the Board 
of Directors of the Home Missions Council. 
I've served on it ever since. 

"If I told you about the 'good old days' of 
Brethren Home Missions, we'd be here a month 
of Sundays. It was rough back then, but we did 
our best with what little money we had. The 
Council has come a long way. It's much more 
organized and efficient. The Winchester church 
would have been closed had it not been for 
Home Missions. They stepped in and helped 
make it a thriving church. I see Home Missions 
as an integral part of the ministry of the 

"How about the Brethren Investment Foun- 
dation?" asked Brad. 

"1 have a few pennies here and there and the 
BIF gets it. A friend asked me, 'I can get up to 
18 percent on the money market, why should I 
invest in the BIF for 6 percent?' I look at it 
this way: If you sacrifice and give your money 
to the BIF for 6 percent, the Lord will take 
care of the rest. Maybe not in dollars and 
cents, but you're going to get your return for 

Through the years. Pastor Dick must have 
developed a philosophy ... a strategy of leader- 
ship. We asked about some of the principles he 

"I didn't try to push my church. I would 
just drop a hint here, a suggestion there and 

Broadcasting on December 7, 1941— the day 
Pearl Harbor was attacked. 

then pick up on it later. Sometimes a member 
would suggest the same idea sometime later and 
think that it was his own. They felt good about 
that, which was fine with me. But you know, a 
|6astor is a shepherd, and a shepherd is to lead; 
he doesn't drive. If you lose your perspective 
of being a shepherd and leading in favor of 
driving, problems will soon come. When people 
are willing to be led, you have them praying for 
you, cooperating with you, and desiring to do 
what you suggest. You don't drive a congre- 
gation any more than you drive children. You 
lead them and set examples." 

It soon became evident that seeking the 
Lord's will was also an important factor in 
Paul's leadership. Seeking the Lord's will and 
stubbornly sticking to it . . . even when there 
was opposition. 

"Sometimes you have to take your stand 
and say that the Lord called me here and no 
man's going to drive me away. I never felt that 
when I went to Winchester I'd be there for 40 

The Winchester church 

shortly after Its 

dedication In 1947. 

The Dick Family In 1948. 

years. But I was open to the Lord's will. I 
really think patience and desiring the Lord's 
will is important . . . just to be where He wants 
you to be and to realize that though other 
churches may look more attractive, they have 
their difficulties and problems too. As a result, 
it might be better for a pastor to stay a little 
longer and get to know the people." 

Paul told us how a pastor's wife fits into the 

"A pastor's wife is a very integral part of his 
ministry. If she doesn't know when to talk and 
when not to talk, nobody's going to stay at that 
church for 40 years or 4 years or 4 months. I 
thank God for my wife, Esther, who is very 
talented, musically and In other areas. The 
Lord used those talents through the years, both 
in church, and in our radio ministry. 

(Continued on page 11) 

Pastor's Conference Set for 

The Brethren Home Missions 
Council has "pulled-out-the-stops" 
in sponsoring their 1982 Pastors' 
Conference. The three-day confer- 
ence, planned for March 9-1 1 , will 
be spectacular. 

The setting will be the Myers- 
town Grace Brethren Church in 
Pennsylvania. Home Mission pastors 
will have personal contact with the 
church's staff and will learn how 
this former Home Missions church 
grew to become one of our largest 

Attenders at this conference can 
look forward to a great time of 
fellowship. Differing from previous 
years, the Council will fly Home 

Host Church— Myerstown, Pennsylvania, Grace Brethren Church, Luke Kauffman, pastor 


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Rev. Bob Kern 

Rev. Bob Kern 




"Developing Spiritual Leadership" 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Dr. Robert W. Thompson 




"Ministering to the Alcoholic" 

"Building a Ministry to the Handicapped" 


Rev. Boyd Grove 




"Building Intrapersonal Relationships" 

"The Local Church and Its Missionary 


Rev. Richard DeArmey 

Rev. John Zielasko and Rev. Jesse Deloe 



"Pastoral Approach to Personal Evangelism" 


Rev. John Willett 

"Corporate Approach to Personal Evangelism" 


Rev. John Willett 




"Personal Finances" 

"Building Spiritual Song Services" 

Rev. Steve Taylor 

Mr. Randy Maxon 



"Our Heritage" 

"Home Missions Idea Exchange" 

Rev. Luke Kauffman 

Rev. Bill Smith and Rev. Bill Byers 




"Pastoral Attitude Toward Great 

"The Church and Her Great Commission 


Commission"— flei'. James Custer 

Obligation" — Rev. James Custer 

For registration details write: Myerstown Grace Brethren Church 
1403 E. Lincoln Avenue, Myerstown, PA 17067 


lission pastors from the Western 
;ates to join pastors from the 
outh, Midwest, and East. This 
)int pastors' conference will 
jplace the standard Eastern and 
/estern workshops. 

The third bonus to this year's 
Dnference will be the speakers, 
he theme, "Building a Greater 
linistry," will be first communi- 
3ted by Rev. Bill Gothard, founder 
nd instructor of the Basic Youth 
onflicts. Mr. Gothard will 
ersonally present his one-day Basic 
outh Conflicts Pastors' Confer- 
ice on Tuesday, March 9. 

On Wednesday and Thursday, 
ev. James Custer, pastor of the 
olumbus, Ohio, Grace Brethren 
hurch, and his associate. Rev. 
3hn Willett, will challenge the 
astors with messages on evangelism, 
ev. Luke Kauffman, pastor of the 
lyerstown Grace Brethren Church, 
'ill join his staff in explaining 
arious rpinistries of the Myerstown 

Other special speakers will in- 
lude: Rev. Richard DeArmey, 
resident of the Brethren Home 
lissions Council and minister of 
Dunseling for the Columbus, Ohio, 
iBC; Dr. Lester E. Pifer, executive 
jcretary for Brethren Home Mis- 
ons; Dr. Robert Thompson, 
western field secretary for the 
HMC; Rev. Steve Taylor, pastor 
f the Aiken, South Carolina, GBC; 
nd Rev. John Zielasko and Rev. 
ssse Deloe, representing the 
oreign Missionary Society of the 
Irace Brethren Church. 

Simultaneous with many of the 
jssions will be helpful meetings for 
astors' wives. Mrs. Luke Kauffman 
nd several of the wives of Brethren 
lome Missions' field men will lead 
lese meetings. 

The Brethren Home Missions 
astors' Conference is open to all 
GBC pastors and laymen. Anyone 
esiring to attend must pre-register 
nth the Myerstown church. The 
ntire conference, including the Bill 
lothard Seminar, will be at no 
harge for FGBC pastors. 

Plan now to attend. 

(Continued from page 9) 

"I also praise the Lord for my two sons. Philip and Richard. They 
are both Grace College graduates. Both they and their wives have 
been a constant blessing to me." 

We asked Paul if he had made any mistakes along the way. 

"Oh, every once in a while," he said with a chuckle. "One lady 
in our church was the daughter of a man who fought for the South 
in the Civil War. Her family was a very outstanding family in town— 
what you call one of the First Families of Virginia. This family had 
status. When I preached one of my first sermons after she had started 
coming, I used an illustration about Abraham Lincoln. This was the 
wrong thing. I was below the Mason-Dixon Line. At the close of 
the service she took me aside and gave me a lecture on Abraham 
Lincoln. I took it graciously. 

"A few weeks went by and I thought to myself, 'I have to get 
back at her somehow.' So I said to her one day, 'What are you going 
to do when you get to heaven and see Abraham Lincoln there?' She 
said, 'Hum . . . If Abraham Lincoln's there, he'll be changed and so 
will I.' We had some great people there in the church." 

Of the Dick's send-off, after 40 years of service at the Winchester 
church, Paul stated, "I said keep it low key. We don't want any 
glory. I still think, when you're in the Lord's hands, any glory that 
He wants you to have. He'll give to you. Our people gave us a scrap- 
book of about 90 pages. Each family was asked to take a page and 
fill it in. When you sit down and read that, you pull out your hand- 
kerchief. Things are in that book that I never dreamed of; things 
that our ministry has meant to people. Little events that I passed 
over are recounted. I talked to one couple about their soul one 
night, and they were saved. In this scrapbook they said, 'Remember 
the night?' and that's all I needed to know. Sure I remember the 

After we concluded our interview, we moved out to the Missions 
Building lobby to photograph Paul for the f/eraW article. As Brad 
and I gathered the equipment, I leaned over to Brad and said, 
"Guys like Paul kinda make you look forward to retirement." I 
meant it. He has learned much over his years of serving the Lord. 
Patience. Tact. Determination. But clearly the most important 
thing he's learned is that God's will must be the major priority in a 
Christian's life and that it should be grasped with a tenacious spirit. 

It was still raining. The wisps of low-flying clouds were still 
teasing the tree tops. I didn't mind. I had learned today. That's 
what really mattered. 

I glanced down at my watch which read 12:07 p.m. Lunch. 
Back to reality. "I'd better get that cat a flea collar," I thought, 
"he's scratching himself silly." 


Pour Out Your Spirit 

by Tom Julien with Nora Macon 

Thousands of tourists pour into France 
every year. They come to see such sites as the 
Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame Cathedral. 
Many folks visit because they are interested in 
the French countryside, very beautiful and 

France's beaches are world-famous, but 
most people do not know that the highest 
mountains of Europe are found in France. 
The architecture and customs of the French- 
men are also varied; at one time France was 
divided into several provinces. Each province 
had its own language and traditions. 

Some tourists are interested in the French 
people and desire to visit a French home. It's 
true— the French are very unique individuals. 

The French do not distinguish between the Bible 
and tradition. 

Charles DeGaulle once commented, "How 
on earth can you govern a people that has 
over 400 varieties of cheese?" If the French 
can't agree on the cheese they eat, what can 
they agree on? When two Frenchmen are 
seen together, usually they're arguing about 
something, each trying to defend his own 

But the thing that we missionaries are 
interested in is not France as seen through the 
eyes of a tourist, but France as seen through 
the vision of the Great Commission. 

You know, some Americans don't even 
know that France is a mission field. They 
think that a mission field is a primitive 
country where people live in huts with grass 

Even though the French live in modern 

Will you pray for revival in France? 

For the most part, the French have 
turned their backs on God 

iverage Frenchman is wrapped in his own world, 
ferent to God. 

vuiil you pray for revival in France? 

apartment buildings and France is an indus- 
trialized country producing ships, airplanes, 
automobiles, and everything that we have in 
the United States, and even though the 
French people look like Americans, if you 
were to ask 1,000 Frenchmen, only two 
would know Jesus Christ personally. 

We could drive through thousands of 
villages and small cities of up to 25,000 
people and not find one church that preaches 
the Gospel. The cities of France are virtually 
spiritual deserts. It is far easier to hear about 
Jesus Christ in a village or city in Africa than 
in the city of Paris. 

Oh yes, France has signs of religion— cruci- 
fixes and beautiful churches. In fact, the 
history of France has always been closely 
intertwined with the history of the church. 
At one time, the Pope lived in France rather 
than Rome. 

Many well-known shrines still exist. A few 
people still faithfully go to church and light 
candles to their favorite saints or to the Virgin. 
But for the most part, the people of France 

1 pray for revlvai in France? 

The Chateau became the bridge between 
Christians and non-believers. 

have turned their backs upon God and upon 
their own religion. 

Strangely enough, the church herself is the 
reason for this. You see, the church has 
immunized the French people against a 
genuine interest in God. Most boys finish 
catechism and take their first communion, 
but if they are typical, they never go back to 
church, except for baptisms or marriages or 
other occasions that bring the family 

If you could look into a Frenchman's mind 
and find the compartment labeled "Religion," 
you would probably find confused images of 
the crucifix and religious objects and all kinds 
of images representing local traditions and 
superstitions. All of these things have been 
mixed together in his thinking, because 
France was never truly evangelized— it was 
only "Christianized." When the Christians 
came through in the third century, they 
simply placed a stone cross in pagan shrines 
and "Christianized" them. Now Frenchmen 
cannot distinguish between what comes from 
the Bible and what comes from tradition, 
merely passed from generation to generation. 

The result is a man who is indifferent to 
God, Oh, he is perfectly tolerant of God as 
long as He dwells in heaven and man lives on 
earth and neither bothers the other. But no 

personal relationship with God! 

Christianity came back to France in the 
sixteenth century during the Reformation. 
The Reformation was an effort to bring the 
Bible back to the church. As such, it failed, 
but it did bring the Bible to the people. 

The French people listened gladly. Up to a 
third of the population received the new faith 
at that time. They were interested in the 
Scriptures, but persecution quickly set in, and 
the freedom they desired was denied. 

Persecution mounted, and in 1685 all 
liberties were stripped away from the 
Huguenots (French Protestants). For over 
100 years they were a secret, hunted society 
and had to have church services in clearings in 
the forest or in abandoned stone quarries. 

These were terrible years for France. 

In 1685, almost a half million Frenchmen 
fled from the country. Somebody said that at 
that time the soul departed from France never 
to return. The Protestant church emerged 
from that period practically in ruins. 

Today only 2 percent of the French people 
are Protestants, and unfortunately, liberalism 
has made its inroads in the French Reformed 
Church so that many of them are no longer 
preaching the pure message of the Scriptures. 

Brethren missions began in France in 1951 
in the city of Lyon. Everyone prayed that 

this would become the first Brethren church 
in France, but eventually the work had to be 
turned over to a French denomination. 

We (the Juliens) arrived in 1958 and settled 
in the city of Grenoble, working with 
evangelical Christians. But the years that 
followed were discouraging. We began to 
sense that there was a great gulf between us 
and the French people. We were trying to 
build a bridge into their lives, but the bridge 
didn't reach all the way across. 

We also began to realize that the methods 
we were using were ineffective, because they 
were too impersonal. The French were not 
interested in a new religion; they weren't even 
interested in their own. Somehow we had to 
show them that knowing God was a relation- 
ship, not a religion. 

We came to the conviction that we've 
never given up: the only real method of 
evangelism that is effective in France is a 
transformed life. 

We missionaries started to pray that God 
would provide a place where people could sit 
down together in a more relaxed and personal 
way, where Christians could share their faith 
not as a new religion but as a relationship 
with Christ. 

God answered our prayers and the prayers 
of many people by providing a property 

called the Chateau de Saint Albain. It became 
the bridge between Christians and unbelievers, 
a place where they could come together and 
share t|ieir faith personally. 

In 1964, the Chateau became an encounter 
center. Various kinds of activities have oc- 
curred at the Chateau. Many have found 
Christ and have been baptized and now form 
the nucleus of our churches. 

The Chateau has also provided a means of 
identity for us in France. Any American 
missionary arriving in France is immediately 
identified as a member of some cult. Through 
the years, the people have become accus- 
tomed to our presence and have learned to 
trust us, knowing that we are preaching the 
true Gospel. 

When the ministry began at the Chateau, it 
concentrated on reaching young people. 
Some said this was a mistake, because 
churches can't be founded on young people, 
and this is true. But you can't build churches 
on nobody at all, and we found that the 
young people were the only responsive 
segment of the population. 

Even though the beginning was difficult, 
after a few months the youth started to come. 
Through the years a very satisfying and 
fruitful youth ministry was carried on. 

The young folks had life styles that were 

The Chateau's first outreach was to young people. 

Will you pray for revjvii 

Will you pray for revival in r ranee 

greatly different from ours, but we saw that 
God was working in tlieir lives. The Holy 
Spirit moved some of those young people in a 
personal way, and they gave their lives to the 

At the Chateau they met other young 
Christians, made friendships, and grew in the 
faith. Many of these young people have 
married, established Christian homes, and are 
now active in our churches. 

From the very start, people were praying 
that churches would result from the ministry 
of the Chateau. And they did! We now have 
churches in Macon and Chalon. 

Our goal for the next few years is to see 
churches planted in all the cities in our area. 
We're hoping to see new churches started in 
the city of Lyon, a huge metropolis of over a 
million people, the center of occultism, and 
perhaps one of the spiritual keys to France. 
Tex and Betsy Hudson are laboring in this 

We thank God for the fine workers He has 
sent to Grace Brethren missions in France. 
We are committed to planting churches in 
Europe. We believe that we might be on the 
verge of an exceptional outpouring of God's 
blessing, and we're praying that our staff will 
grow to 1 00 workers by the end of the 
decade, ministering not only in France and 

Germany, but also in Belgium, Holland, 
Spain, Great Britain, and Portugal. 

We thank God that we, as a Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches, have exactly what 
Europe needs. We are committed to preach- 
ing the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing 
but the Bible. Europe desperately needs this 
kind of message. 

We are at a crisis time in history. If we do 
not carry the torch, God may give the torch 
to others. Pray that God will touch young 
people and send us workers. 

Praise the Lord for the many people in 
France who have responded to the Gospel, 
who have accepted Christ, and who are 
growing in grace. We thank God for the 
churches that are being started in France. 

In this great country, unless there is a 
supernatural moving of God's Spirit, the 
people that we know and love will go to their 
graves without Christ for all eternity. 

Many people are praying for revival in 
France— Frenchmen, Africans, and Americans 
are banding together regularly to ask God to 
pour out His Spirit on France. Who knows 
what could happen if the genius of the French 
mind finally came to grips with the glory of 
the Gospel? 

Will you join us in prayer for revival in 



by Walt Haag 

Among all the great missionary 
verses in the Bible, perhaps 2 
Timothy 2:2 includes one of the 
most direct orders for the mission- 
ary: "And the things that thou hast 
heard of me among many witnesses, 
the same commit thou to faithful 
men, who shall be able to teach 
others also." 

This has been, and still is, the 
simple formula for Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions work in Mexico. 
Contacts are made, people are 
taught, leadership is trained, chur- 
ches are born, the organization is 
formed, and then the missionary 
steps out and begins the process all 
over again. 

Those steps sound cut-and-dried, 
but the highest joy of any mission- 
ary's heart is to see people trained 
and reaching others and a church 
started. This experience can't be 
compared to anything else this side 
of glory. We have this fabulous joy, 
because we are co-workers with 
God which is exciting each step of 
the way. 

Another reason, however, is that 
we are helping mold people, and 
that is challenging. There is nothing 
that can keep you young and 
healthy better than a real challenge. 

As we make contacts, we depend 
upon the judgment of the Mexican 
believers. They know the mind of 

Leading the singing 

their own people and keep us from 
blundering. Also, their involvement 
makes it more acceptable for us as 
foreigners to introduce the gospel 
message— an invitation into a home 
is essential. This forms the believers 
into witnessing Christians. 

As we begin Bible classes, we 
take along a young man who wants 
to serve the Lord as a trainee. He 
studies the Word with us but at the 
same time learns how to hold a 
Bible class. Likewise, he brings his 
guitar and good musical ear and 
adds much to the spice of the 
session. All Mexicans love to sing, 
and most sing well. (All sing loudly.) 

Soon this young man gets the 
itch, then the fever, and wants to 

go to the Bible Institute. He will 
spend his weeks studying, his week- 
ends working in his local church, 
because the congregation is helping 
him to attend school, and his 
summers traveling with the mission- 
aries. By the time he graduates, he 
should know the churches and they 
should know him. During the third 
training year, the students serve in 
internships among the churches. 

Second Timothy 2:2 works just 
as well now as it did in Paul's day, 
and how we praise the Lord that we 
have a part in making it work! Pray 
for the faithful men who are in 
training on the Mexican field, so 
that they will truly be able to teach 

Tributes to 

Faithful Friends of FMS 

Two friends of Grace Brethren Foreign IVlissions 
went to be with the Lord in recent days. On Sunday, 
November 1, 1981, Don Spangler entered the pres- 
ence of God. He had been ill, suffering from cancer, 
and died in the City of Hope in southern California. 
IVlemorial services were conducted at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church of Whittier where the Spanglers were 

Don and 
Peggy Spangler 
served with 
Brethren For- 
eign Missions in 
the Central 
Republic from 
1956 to 1963 
where Don was 
engaged in a 
printing minis- 
try. Later he 
served with the 
Sudan Interior 

n recent years he 

ission in Nigeria, 
has been active in his own church and in district 
men's programs. In fact, at the time of his illness he 
had been trying to arrange with the FMS office for 
missionary emphasis at a men's retreat next spring. 

A fund has been established at the FMS office in 
Don's memory and gifts will be used in the continu- 
ing ministry of the mission in the Central African 

Harrietts Ashman, the wife of longtime FMS Board 
member, Kenneth Ashman, died on November 18 
after a long illness. She was preceded in death by her 
husband just four months earlier. She was dearly 
loved as the pastor's wife in a lengthy ministry at 
Wooster, Ohio; services were held at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church there on November 21 . Not only was Mrs. 
Ashman active in the local church, where she was the 
organist, but she also was a leader in the national 
WMC program, too, serving for several years as its 

We are grateful for the behind-the-scenes support 
that wives, like Harriet Ashman, give their husbands 
who serve many hours and days on the various boards 
of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. 

The GBFMS family thanks God for the lives of 
these two friends and finds comfort in their memory 
and in the assurance of their present joy with the 

"Precious in f/?e siglit of tiie Lord 
is tiie death of His saints" (Ps. 1 1 6: 1 5) . 

How to Raise 

by Jesse Deloe | 

1. Write a letter that begins "Will Nguana 
Simone have a chance to live to adulthood 
. . . ?" Include a picture of a half-clothed, 
minority or foreign child with a bloated 

2. Conclude a letter with an appeal like 
"Your sacrificial gift of $500 will guarantee 
that Jung Loo receives food, shelter, and 
clothing for the next six months. . . . 

3. On a specially printed, attractive enclo- 
sure in your mailing, make a generous offer: 
"Send your gift of $2,000 within ten days, 
and by return mail we will send you the fol- 
lowing four books which will enrich your life 
and help you receive five times the amount of 
your gift within the next six months." 

Are we being unkind in making suggestions 
like those? Haven't you read similar letters 
and articles? Even Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions yields to the temptation to make 
special appeals from time to time. 

We believe that an informed Fellowship 
will be a praying and giving Fellowship, so we 
do not hesitate to tell you of our needs and 
your opportunities. However, we strive to 
make our appeal on the basis of scriptural 
responsibility and intelligent information. 

We do resort to special projects occasional- 
ly to raise funds for programs and ministries 
that are beyond the usual and normal pro- 
jected budget. Some of those special projects 
in recent months have made possible: 

— the construction of buildings for a new 
Brethren Seminary in the C.A. R. 

— the purchase of hundreds of books for 
the seminary's library 

— the building of a new Missionary Resi- 
dence in Winona Lake 

— a pastor from Africa and a student from 
Brazil studying at Grace Seminary 

— vehicle purchases on several fields A 
Isn't it exciting to give to such projects and 

see them become reality! Your Grace Breth- 
ren foreign missionary family is grateful for 
the many generous donors all over the coun- 
try who have made these projects possible. 
Thank you! 

iloney for Mission8 

We've never put on a hard-sell fund-raising 
campaign, and we don't intend to start now, 
but I do want to share with you some of our 
concerns as we approach a new year of oppor- 
tunities in missions. 

It's relatively easy to raise funds for special 
projects. People enjoy giving to people and 
programs in which they have a special inter- 
est. It's another story sometimes when it 
comes to raising funds for the everyday oper- 
ation of missions (or a church or school or 
business). Ask any pastor. The mission offer- 
ings are far easier to talk about than current 

Many of us get excited about giving to the 
"Pursuing Priorities" campaign (Grace 
Schools), the "Bountiful Harvest" program 
(Home Missions), TIME and Operation Barna- 
bas ministries (GBC Christian Education), or 
"Birthday Missionaries" (WMC). I'm glad for 
the excitement and the resultant giving. But 
the treasurers of those organizations would 
very likely tell you that they really have to 
"scratch" to meet the daily budgeted ex- 
penses of their basic ministries. 

You see, projects come and go; they're 
glamorous and have a temporary appeal. 
Sometimes they're close to someone in whom 
we have an interest. But the ministry is not 
just occasional or seasonal. 

It's daily. 

It's weekly. 

It's monthly. 

A campaign to raise funds at Christmas 
("Gifts for the King") or some other special 
time is stimulating and easily promoted. But 
the "current expenses" come in all year— 
every day. 

Payrolls have to be met at least monthly, 
sometimes weekly. Utility bills come regular- 
ly (and in ever-increasing amounts!). Postage 
has to be paid when the mailing goes out (no 
credit with Uncle Sam). Overseas shipments 
must be made months in advance of the need 
for equipment or materials— whether or not 
outfit funds have been fully provided. 

The list goes on and on; you know how it is 
at your house— or office or church. It's the 
same way for GBFMS (except that we're talk- 
ing about a budget of more than $1,600,000, 
and our only income is by gifts!). 

As we approach 1982, great opportunities 

are before us: 

— the Goodmans have moved into the 
Cameroon to work with fledgling Grace 
Brethren churches there 

— next spring a survey team will investigate 
the mission possibilities in Great Britain 

— Spain is receiving increasing interest as a 
possibility for a new work 

— the Orient continues to beckon with 
teams being formed now to pioneer the 
work there 

— the work in France is expanding to in- 
clude the city of Lyon 

— in south Brazil, the team is moving into 
the capital city of Brasilia 

All our current works need funds for con- 
tinuation and expansion. Buildings need to be 
built or purchased; vehicles will have to be 
provided; expensive outfits must be purchased 
and shipped. How can we pay the light bills? 
The gasoline for the vehicles in Africa? The 
mimeograph paper for the lesson material 
used by missionaries in Theological Education 
by Extension? The missionaries' salaries? 
Their housing? and so forth, and so on, ad 
infinitum! Can we raise the funds for these 
ventures by projects? 

Do these things all sound unromantic? Un- 
spiritual, even? Well, they are the "nuts and 
bolts" of the machinery that accomplishes the 
goal of missions: evangelism and church plant- 

We appreciate the project offerings— we still 
have need for many such gifts. But, the great 
need is for faithful, consistent giving through 
local churches to missionary support and 
general fund. The dollar is falling overseas 
again, and that increases our budget uni- 
laterally; we cannot control that. 

The GBFMS family is grateful to God for 
the generous giving of His people over the 
years. We may be entering an era, however, 
when generous giving will not be enough. The 
escalation of the costs for missions overseas 
may very well demand not just generous, but 
sacrificial giving from all of us. 

Whether to the romantic, special interest 
projects or the essential missionary support 
and general funds, we pray that you will find 
joy in giving. Thanks for being a part of the 
Great Commission ministry! 


D Gregory Howell was ordained to the Christian 
ministry on October 19 at the Community Grace 
Brethren Church, Warsaw, Ind. (where he served as 
associate pastor), prior to his acceptance to pastor the 
Grace Brethren Church of Goldendale, Washington. 
Rev. Robert Cover was the ordination speaker and 
area pastors also participated. 

Incidentally, Mr. Cover was the first assistant pas- 
tor of the Community Grace Brethren Church, and 
the first (and only other) man ordained by the church. 

D Grace Brethren Fellowship is the new name of the 
church at 12200 Oxford Dr., LaMirada, Calif., pas- 
tored by Rev. Richard Cron. Features of this ministry 
are its connection with the Brethren Elementary and 
Junior High School (under Principal Dan Shedd), a 
new bus ministry. Churches Alive growth groups, and 
active pastoral discipleship. Of special interest is its 
close proximity to Biola University. An active minis- 
try to college students is underway. 

D Is your church considering new hymnals? The 
Herald Bookstore will send sample copies and quote 
prices. Some of the hymnals we feature include 
Hymns for the Family of God, compiled by Fred 
Bock, and featuring the best-loved traditional hymns 
with some of the newer classics including the popular 
Gaither selections. (Over one million Hymns for the 
Family of God are in use.) Other hymnals used by 
many churches include the popular one entitled 
Praise!, The New Church Hymnal, Hymns of Faith 
and the Worship and Service Hymnal. For complete 
information, write to the Herald Bookstore, P. 0. 
Box 544, Winona Lake, Ind. 46590, or phone toll- 
free, 1-800-348-2756. 

n The congregation of the Grace Brethren Church of 
York, PA, had requested the examination and licen- 
sure of Bob Smoker. He has been licensed and is now 
serving as associate pastor of Outreach and Discipling. 


ASHMAN, Mrs. Harriette. 66, Nov. 18, wife of Kenneth Ash- 
man (who preceded her in death on July 10 of this year), 
former pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio. 
Rev. Charles Ashman, pastor of the Winona Lake Grace 
Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Ind., delivered the message. 
Others participating in the service were Rev. Robert Fetter- 
hoff. Rev. Thomas Hammers, Rev. Robert Ashman, Rev. 

(Continued on page 36) 

Retired Pastors 

and Widows 


Their Appreciation! 

The Board of Ministerial Emergency and Retire- 
ment Benefits has been sending monthly checks to 
retired Brethren pastors and pastors' widows. These 
checks are made possible through the giving of Breth- 
ren churches to this board. The following testimonials 
give expression to what this help means in meeting 
the cost of just living. 

". . . my monthly check has been a great help."— >4 

". . . we thank the churches for making it possible 
for us to have the check mor\th\y."— Retired pastor 

"... I own nothing; am 8572 years old, my sister 
has given me a roof over my head and I have what the 
Lord sees fit to provide. He never fails and is so pre- 
cious."— /4 widow 

". . . My appreciation should be expressed each 
month. The retirement checks added to Social Secur- 
ity are a real help. I thank the Retirement Board and 
the Lord for this material supply."— /5 widow 

". . . our only income is Social Security and the re- 
tirement check, but the Lord is so good to us and we 
have lacked for nothing."— /4 retired pastor 

". . . the monthly checks mean so much to me 
along with my small Social Security check. I surely 
do appreciate them. Thanks to the Board."— /4 re- 
tired pastor 

". . . have no earned income at all. Thank you for 
your prompt and kind attention to our needs."-/4 

"... I do appreciate the monthly checks. Thanks 
a lot."— /A retired pastor 

". . . the monthly check is a great help."— /4 retired 

" . . . many thanks."— /\ retired pastor 

". . . thank you for your promptness in sending 
our checks."— /4 widow 

". . . thank \ou."— Retired pastor 

These unsolicited testimonials show the impor- 
tance of supporting your Board of Retirement. Send 
the checks from your church to Pastor Clair Brickel, 
14319 Brookviile-Pyrmont Road, Brookville, Ohio 

hoping to help 

in Christian ed, 
youth, and 
church growth 

GBC Christian Education 

Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Tel. 219/267-6622 

Why Churches Grow 

Let's pass out some bouquets. 

We give "new church" awards each conference, and 
Home Missions pictures them monthly. This month GBC 
Christian Education wants to salute two "established 
churches," as they say. (Not "established" in the stubborn, 
concrete sense, because no growing, awakened church will 
stay in ruts, but instead it will keep evaluating and changing 
to meet the felt needs of the area.) Please check out your 
own church family as you help honor the Bellflower and 
Simi Valley churches in California. 

What characterizes a growing, virile church— the kind 
you would want to invite your neighbors to? Many positive 
things, but here are eight that CE thinks are highest on the 

1. The Sovereignty of God. He grows churches where 
and when He wishes! (Nice of us to say it @ .) And be- 
cause of that we should pray like the dickens and then relax 
and rest in His will. 

2. The Lordship of Christ. People there take His Word 
seriously , especially the pastors and board of elders or other 
main policy board. You don't hear these people saying, "I 
know the Bible says that but ..." They lead with a 
united spirit, honoring Christ as the Head. 

3. The Leadership of Love. You can tell it and hear it 
in virile churches. There are countless different styles of 
leadership, but the common characteristic is love with its 

accompanying hard work. 

4. The Work of Many. While churches in which you can 
grow are led by a pastor and staff typified by number 3, 
these churches boast many, many "ministers" (committed, 
serving Christians with servants' hearts), or they cannot 

5. The Fellowship of Love. People care. They talk 
about love, but mostly they show it. They open their 
hearts and their homes, 

6. The Outreach in Discipleship. These churches don't 
just work for "decisions" but for disciples— else their back 
door is as big as their front. 

7. Effective, Simple Organization with Accountability 
and Flexibility. It doesn't take three months to buy red 
construction paper. 

8. A Biblical Program Big Enough to Meet Needs. These 
are not Sunday-go-to-meetin' churches only. They serve a 
smorgasboard of ministries. Our CE list for possibilities is 
two pages long. 

There they are. Tell.m.e if you think I'm missing one. 
Tell the Lord and your pastor if there's one where you 
want to be of more help! 

Thank you! 

CZT^^fuZJCi d-<xvcMSv-^ 

ABF* Handouts 

1. "1 Want to Enjoy My Children" 

Now available through 
CE in 4 subjects: 

2. Ephesians 

3. Minor Prophets 

4. Ecclesiastes 

Coming soon: "Our Sovereign God" 

A great way to involve everyone in the class ... to help them follow the lesson . . . 
Teacher's books through BMH. Ask us about handouts-GBC CHRISTIAN EDUCA- 
TION, Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

* Adult Bible Fellowships- the Sunday morning classes for adults. 

CE thanks you for your regular prayer and support for our help to churches. . 
We need you in our ministries! 

Do keep it up! 




A look at two growing churches, to give than((s and expose examples, by our C\ 


at BellflCA*/er 

Friend-wife and I are on a plane 
at LA, getting ready to take off for 
our Midwest honne. We are leaving 
it behind, but not all. 

Part of Bel If lower Brethren goes 
with us— some of it content and 
some of it feeling. It is a church of 
special care. 

Edwin E. Cashman is the pastor 
there, with an excellent staff of 
leader-servants. Caring is the key 

word of the church, and it shows. 

Not satisfied to hover where 
they were before, BBC bought 
"The Caring System" from Win Am 
and The Institute of Church 
Growth and went into it full force. 
It's working well, you can tell, and 
so can the 540-plus people who are 
now congregating there Sunday 

But not just then. 

They were signing up for Thanks- 
giving dinner with Ed and Betty 
Cashman and their caring family of 
six children— that's right. Thanks- 
giving. It started when they realized 
many other California families had 
no nearby ties either. Memorial 
Day, it's breakfast and more down 
by Richard Nixon's . . . and Labor 

A caring committee 
session. In center is 
Senior Pastor Ed 
Cashman, and Ed and 
Melinda Subia, lay 
couple in charge of 
caring ministry. 

Day is similar. 

Sunday evenings after the 6:00 
p.m. service there is mixing with 
more informality , and the church 
reflects these connections on Sun- 
day mornings. There are hugs and 
smiles, mostly first names, and I 
felt right at home. 

But the special content part is 
TCS, The Caring System run by a 
central committee whose call is to 
be sure everyone visiting is getting 
welcomed, attached, and involved— 
as fast as the visitors wish. The 
committee meets regularly to go 
over names and their strategy of 
love. TCS is like TLC. 

Assimilation is what they are 

It is the key to continued 
growth for a church that attracts 
visitors— and that, too, is a strength 
of BBC, which has Friday evening 
films and concerts and special 
family seminars and Sunday 
specials and various group socials as 
some of its available entry ways for 
new people 

Assimilation has happened when 
the attender is feeling at home and 
a part of a smaller group, feeling 
needed, probably a member. It is 

Chattering Love 

It's ten 'til six, Sunday evening, Simi Valley. 

The place is about jammed , and the ages are scattered , 
but the bodies are not. They're sitting next to each other, 
and getting crowded. 

If you're looking for quiet solemn reverence before a 
slow-moving church service, this is not the place to come. 
If you're ready to sing and smile and pray and stay and 
throw in a little play during the week, then Simi Valley's 

friendly Grace Brethren Church may be your best choice. 

The Valley is 12x7 miles, with 100,000 people now and 
more every day. The church is growing, too, now minister- 
ing as a large church of over 500, getting there by steady, 
friendly growth. John Gillis, known for his preaching, 
loving spirit, cowboy boots, and exhuberant laugh (in that 
order) has been pastor for 15 years. 

I liked the chatter, even with my Presbyterian bent to 
calling the room a sanctuary rather than auditorium. The 
buzzing was expectant, and seemed joyful. No yelling or 
running, but laughing and relaxing. And the people moved 
quite easily into the singing of "Love Divine" and several 
other hymns and choruses. 

They pack the place every Sunday evening, and twice in 
the morning, with thoughts of three morning celebrations 
soon. Brand-new space has just provided a large fellowship 



CEing the 

Challen g ing and Inspiring 

Brethren National Youth Conference 
Personal touch by staff 

<ecutive director. Pastor Knute Larson, in honor of "establistied churcties. 

the goal of church reachout at 
Bel If lower, which emphasizes 
followup and one-on-one disciple- 
ship, too. 

Assimilation has happened when 
the attender starts calling the 
church "my church" or "our 
church" rather than "yours" or 
"Ed Cashman's." 

in a good sense it is Ed Cashman's 
church. This respected leader has 
been there 19 years, helped head 
several beautiful building programs, 
and helped pump love into people 
and programs because of his com- 
nnitment to Christ and His Great 
Commission. But it is also Edmund 
Leech's, pastor emeritus, whose 
Dastoral prayers each Sunday help 
set the Bellflower mood. It is Bill 
Couch's, for he jumped into the 
associate pastor's seat after dis- 
;ipleship and involvement by 
David Marksbury, now senior 
shepherd at Kent, Washington. The 
;hurch belongs to John Flinn,a 
part-time assistant pastor who helps 
develop the young adults; and John 
Bolland, music man; and Dennis 
jBeach, pastor of visitation; and 
hree interns— Steve Cohen, Chris 
^lord (heading for missions) , and 

Randy Raven (junior high director^ 

But more than that the church 
belongs to Bob and Wilma Peercy, 
who sit on the third row of the 
church with some of the teens they 
serve. I asked Bob once, "What's 
the most exciting thing in your 

"Working with the church 
youth," he said. And they can tell 

Bob also happens to be safety 
director for our USA space missions; 
the day we were at Bellflower he 
was leaving to be a special guest for 
the launching of our Columbia 
from Cape Canaveral. 

The Peercys are not alone. The 
church has many with such a caring 

Southwest view of 
exterior worship 

center, Bellflower 
Brethren Church 

That is what The Caring System 
is all about. When the central com- 
mittee meets, names of newer 
people are discussed to see how the 
church can meet their needs. Chris- 
tians with special affinity are asked 
to get to know them— a racquetball 
player is assigned to a racquetball 
player, for instance. 

Over 90 BBC faithfuls have 
taken the all-day Saturday seminars 
on The Caring System which are 
offered two or three times a year. 
They learn Assimilation, the art of 
caring people into the mainstream 
fellowship of the church. 

That kind of care builds 

I am taking some of it home 
with me. 

hall and more classrooms and nursery space for the children 
of the many young people getting on board. 

Jerry and Dottie Ahem retire this month from staff 
leadership of the Simi visitation program, concluding 20 
years of excellence in that area after 20 in the military. 
Gus Bess, new to pastoral staff, will assume that area. 
Lloyd Woolman has just come to manage the Christian 
school ministry. Tom Gale interned with Randy Kettering 
at Columbus before joining the Simi staff and Brian Rose- 
borough interned with me and then helped GBC Christian 
Education department start Timothy Teams before taking 
on youth directing at this alive church. 

Brian keeps a consultants committee going to clear and 
get input on youth activities. Teens were a significant part 
of that Sunday p.m. crowd, and about 40 stay afterwards 
for ministry team training. Wednesday evening there is 

"Super Stars" for junior high and a growing home Bible 
study for the high school. 

The love bond between Pastor Gillis and the people is 
perfectly obvious when he's talking to someone in the aisle 
about a problem after the service or announcing something 
special from the pulpit. And certainly when he preaches, a 
time when lightness gives way to love and strength. I sang 
the hymns with him from the platform, and I'm sure we 
could be heard across the beautiful rocky valley that hems 
in this church's mission field. 

The church is amplifying its love voice all over that 
valley as friends bring friends and more get in on the family 
life there. 

So kick off your shoes, or boots, and get ready to smile 
and study and grow, at Simi Valley. 

CE salutes this pacesetter. 

ireat Commission 

Servin g the Churches 

Literature and senninars and consultation in 
Christian ed, youth, church growth— with a 
view to fulfilling the commission! Serving pas- 
tors and teachers and leaders. 

Introducin g and Trainin g 

Training In Missionary Endeavor 
"Operation Barnabas" 
"Timothy Teams" 
Euro-Missions Institute 
"Nehemiah" Missions 
SMM Missions Emphasis 




(Director's Note: From time to time 
I have asked men to siiare some unique 
or special activity in wliicli ttiey liave 
been engaged. We do this with the 
hope that it w/ill give you some ideas 
of activities for your own group. If 
your group has been involved in 
something you feel you vjould like to 
share, please send the information and 
any pictures you might have to our 
office in Winona Lake.) 

Grace Brethren Boys 

Make sure everything is secure. Remember, 
that is our supply raft. 

Don't let that 

cooler get away 

from you! My 

lunch is in there, 


Being involved in Grace Brethren Boys is sure tough. 
It really takes a lot out of a guy. 



Float Trip 

by Rod Lingenfelter 

Leamersville Grace Brethren Church 
Duncansville, Pennsylvania 

The last weekend of August was very dry 
and hot in most of Central Pennsylvania, but 
not for the men and boys of the West Penn 
District. This weekend was set aside for a 
two-day trip down the Juniata River on inner 
tubes. We entered the water just below the 
Raystown Lake, with hopes of reaching 
Lewistown by the next day. Fortunately, 
that was not the case. 

Fortunately? I am sure you are wonder- 
ing why I feel that failing to reach our 
intended goal can be looked at as being 
fortunate. Because of the very dry condi- 
tions over much of the summer, the river 
was very low and very slow moving. A 
strong wind was blowing upstream and many 
times actually caused our tubes to stand still 
in the water. The town of Mount Union, 
which we originally planned to reach by 
noon, soon became our two-day goal. 

But why do I consider this as fortunate? 
Job 37:14 reads, "Stand still and consider 
the wondrous works of God." Because of 
the slowness of our journey, we soon lost 
sight of our original goal and began to 
wonder how far we actually would go. But 
slowly we began to forget about where we 
would spend the night and began to notice 
what was around us. We finally got our eyes 
off Lewistown and began to see where we 
were. God's masterful handiwork was all 
around us. Beautiful trees, high cliffs eroded 
by time, fish jumping close by us, graceful 
animals going about their own tasks, all 
these suddenly came into clear view. They 
had been there all along, but we just had not 
seen them. Job 42:5 reads, "I have heard of 
thee by the hearing of the ear, but now mine 
eye seeth thee." 

The lack of thrills was made up for the 
many spills, some accidental, and some by 
the helpful hand of a nearby tuber. We look 
forward to our next tubing trip and 
encourage you men and boys to do the same 
any chance you get. You will get wet; you 
will have a lot of fun; and, if you look 
around you, you will see the majesty of God 
unfolded before your very eyes. 

Flora's Fall Fling 

by Harold (Pappy) Stayer 
with Mike Ostrander 

Fall is always a beautiful time of year, 
and central Indiana is certainly no exception. 
October is particularly beautiful as the trees 
take on their fabulous fall colors, displaying 
the handiwork of God as only nature can do. 

It was with this in mind that the Flora 
Grace Brethren Boys unit selected the week- 
end of October 9-10 for their annual fall 
scenic outing. Although the sites may 
change from year to year, it is always a 
breathtaking experience, hiking through the 
woods in all their vibrant colors. This fall 
they chose Turkey Run State Park and the 
popular Covered Bridge Festival in Rockville, 
Indiana, as their target. 

Because of the need to get an exception- 
ally early start on Saturday morning, the 13 
boys and 3 men met at the church on Friday 
evening. They would have a time of fun and 
Bible study and then sleep on the church 
floor. By 4:00 the next morning the boys 
were up, had breakfast, and were ready to 
hit the road. It was going to be a full day 
and they did not want to miss a single 
minute of it. In the group were a number of 
new boys who had just recently started 
attending Grace Brethren Boys. 

Upon arriving at Turkey Run State Park, 
the boys embarked on a nature hike, led by 
Pappy Stayer. As they hiked down the trail. 
Pappy would frequently pause to explain 
some unique feature of the trail before 
them. At one point he may show them the 
tell-tale signs indicating how an owl sur- 
prised an unwary field mouse as it was 
carrying some seeds back to its nest. 
Although most boys would walk right past 
the spot without seeing a thing. Pappy 
teaches the boys how to read the signs. The 
patch of fur, the couple of bones, and the 
specks of dried blood tell the whole story. 
Still farther down the trail, he may pause 
again and show the boys how the Indians 
would dig up a certain root and use it for 
medicinal purposes. Another plant, he 
would explain, was used by the early settlers 
to dye their cloth. When Pappy is present, 
all outdoors becomes a classroom, full of all 
sorts of wonders and interesting tidbits. 

After lunch the boys and men traveled 
the eight miles to Rockville to attend the 
Covered Bridge Festival. As they were riding 
along, one of the newer boys asked why a 
man would want to spend his weekend, 

"Pappy" Staf-er 

giving anotlier of 

his practical 

lessons on survival 

in the woods. 

Pappy, what is that 
bird over there 
trying to do? 

taking all the time and effort to be with a 
group of boys that they hadn't even had the 
time yet to really get to know. This ques- 
tion provided the opening for the men to 
explain that they cared for the boys because 
the Lord Jesus first of all cared so much for 
them that He went to the cross to die for 
their sins. They were also able to explain 
that Jesus also cares very much about the 
day-to-day things that happen to each of 
them. Because of that, the men also cared 
about them and their needs. That inter- 
change provided the opportunity for an alert 
man to really share the claims of Christ with 
the group of boys in the car. That same 
group of boys would not listen to that 
conversation in a Sunday school class or 
worship service. But here was a man who 
had earned their respect, sharing what Jesus 
meant to him personally and answering their 
questions about the things of God. 

Isn't that what Grace Brethren Boys is 
really all about? A group of men and boys 
sharing together. A discussion about some- 
thing that is really bugging a boy as the 
carload travels down the highway. A quiet 
conversation between a man and boy as they 
sit on a log, about the conflicts the boy is 
experiencing with his parents. A boy model- 
ing himself after his GBB's leader, because 
he simply doesn't know any other man that 
he respects enough to want to be like him. 
Please uphold the men in your church as 
they minister to the boys of your com- 
munity. If you are interested in beginning a 
Grace Brethren Boys ministry in your 
church, please contact us at Grace Brethren 
Boys, P. 0. Box 416, Winona Lake, Indiana 
46590-Phone: 219/267-7158. 

The Value of a Men's Organization 

National Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Men, Inc. 

'Faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" 

2 Timothy 2:2 


Men, men, men!!! What the 
world needs is more good men! 
What the church needs is more 
good men. One of my goals as a 
pastor is to develop men. Godly 
men, that others can look at and 
say "I want to be like that man." 
How can that be done? A pastor 
needs to spend time with his men. 
At our church in Norton we have a 
men's breakfast monthly. It is a 
special time when we share break- 
fast and a challenge from God's 
Word. Weekly a few men meet at 
6:00 to share what they have found 
in God's Word. Those men have a 
very special kind of relationship. 

This Fall we gathered for a 
men's retreat, with several other 
churches. That time with some of 
my men I will always treasure. 
Second Timothy 2:2 talks about 
faithful men sharing with others. 
Our churches need to gather faith- 
ful men with whatever kind of 
method we choose. These faithful 
men need to become contagious 
with their faith. Men that are godly 
rubbing against men that desire 
godliness. The natural result is 
catching the "disease." 

Jesus began the church with 
ordinary men. For over 1900 years 
the church has continued with the 
leadership of men. If our fellowship 
is to grow and affect our communi- 
ties and nation as well as our in- 
dividual families, we need men. 
God give us men who will help 
build us together into the most 
holy faith in our churches. May it 
start with me.— Pastor Bob Combs, 
Grace Brethren Church, Norton, 

We who lead churches are con- 
cerned that men be a vital part of 
our church. This is a legitimate con- 
cern for we know the Scriptures set 
forth the pattern of male leadership 
and involvement in the church. A 
men's organization can be a positive 
step in developing the Biblical pat- 
tern. Let me share five values that I 

1 . It says to others that men are 
interested in spiritual things. Many 
have the mistaken notion that 
church is for women and children. 
A men's organization helps to dis- 
pel that notion— men are interested 
in the Lord's work and do take an 
active part. 

2. It provides an avenue of fel- 
lowship. We need to encourage a 
healthy opportunity for our men to 
have Christian fellowship without 
feeling threatened. 

3. It gives an opportunity for 
leadership, I have seen a certain 
"esprit-de-corps" develop from giv- 
ing the men responsibilities in con- 
nection with the group which results 
in growth. 

4. It provides a time for sharing 
and prayer. Our men need to be 
praying. They need to become con- 
cerned for the individual needs of 
other men. Sharing things with 
other men which might not be 
shared in a mixed group has real 

5. It provides for a witness. 
Some will come to a men's group 
when they will not come to any 
other function within the church 

By all means, do something with 
the men. Jesus organized twelve 
and they had a tremendous impact 
on the world. Your men can, too, 
as they learn to pull together for 
Christ's church.— Pastor R. John 
Snow, Grace Brethren Church, Iras- 
burg, Vermont 

la-i-ty (la-i te), n. The body of religi- 
ous worshipers, as distinguished 
from the clergy. 

The word has always bothered 
me. It implies that religious wor- 
shipers are passive receivers. Lack- 
ing in professional knowledge. 
When believing men perceive them- 
selves to be "laymen," the ministry 
of the local church begins to dry 

Changing diapers. Teaching Bible 
classes. Painting walls. Mowing 
grass. Greeting visitors. Praying, 
Planning, Counseling, Stacking 
chairs. Visiting homes, Winning 
souls. Pulling weeds. Planting 
flowers. Serving communion. Sing- 
ing. Playing musical instruments. 
Visiting hospital patients. Con- 
structing church buildings. Giving 
money. Leading worship. 

Passive? Lacking in professional 

When believing men perceive 
themselves to be "in the work of 
the ministry," a sense of identity 
begins to develop. Before long, a 
social structure emerges. And a 
"men's organization" is born. Not 
as a piece of machinery, becoming 
more obsolete as the years go by, 
but as an organism; living and grow- 
ing and changing with the years, 

I cannot conceive of a vibrant, 
growing church, without vibrant, 
growing men. Ministering, Not just 
on "National Men's Sunday," but 
ministering every day. 

Sure. There's a God-given differ- 
ence between pastor-teachers and 
other members of the body. The 
pastor's leadership in the church 
must be strong. It is essential to 
the effective work of every person. 
But what could a quarterback do 
without someone to "center" the 
ball or to receive a pass? 

Think about it. 

cler-gy (klur'je), n., pl.-gies. The 
group or body or ordained persons 
in a religion, as distinguished from 
the laity- Pastor Jerry Young, 
Grace Brethren Church, Lititz, 


Women Manifesting 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church 
Box 71 1 , Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 


Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona 
Lal<e, Ind. 46590 (Tel. 219/267-7603) 

First Vice President 

Mrs. Robert (Aithsa) Miller, 5772 Karen Avenue, Cypress, 
California 90630 (Tel. 714/995-6140) 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, 
Ohio 43065 (Tel. 614/881-5779) 


Mrs. Fred (Margie) Devan, Jr., 2507 Vancouver Drive, N.W., 
Roanoke, Va. 24012 (Tel. 703/366-2843) 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Donald (Marilyn) Weltmer, Route No. 1 , Box 131, Ger- 
radstown, W. Va, 25420 (Tel. 304/229-3920) 



(h*llrC ^"^^^^ SCHOOLS: 

$8,500 for three 

upright grand 

pianos for the 

Music Department 

Send before March 10, 1982 

Financial Secretary -Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590 (Tel. 219/267-7588) 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Route No. 1, Box 59, Lake 
Odessa, Mich. 48849 (Tel. 616/693-2315) 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route No. 8, Box 297, Warsaw, In- 
diana 46580 (Tel. 219/267-3634) 


Miss Nora Macon, 109 Fourth Street, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590 (Tel. 219/267-7527) 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut Street, Troy, Ohio 
45373 (Tel. 513/335-5188) 




Jfissionary SBtrttiaays 

MARCH 1982 

(If no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 52-53 of 
the 1982 Grace Brethren Annual./ 


Alan Hoyt March 7 

Mrs. Mary Hoyt March 12 


Ronald Burk March 15, 1972 

Joseph Johnson March 25, 1975 


Miss Carol Mensinger March 6 

Stephanie Pfahler March 23, 1972 

Miss Gail Jones March 31 


Mrs. Doris Julian March 27 


Mrs. Kathy Manduka March 25 


Rev. Foster Tresise . March 20 


Mr. Albert Balzer March 1 

Jonathan Austin March 10, 1975 

Greg Robinson March 15, 1972 

Mrs. Dorothy Maconaghy March 21 

Mrs. Hattie Sheldon March 21 





Emergencv - - - Emergency 

The African Print Shop is not available for printing 
materials for the OTN. Missionaries write the booklets in 
Sango, and these are the only materials the ladies have 
besides their Bible studies. 

This offering will establish a rotating fund (there is no 
budget item for an expense like this) to have materials 
printed in the States. The fund will be replenished as OTN 
ladies purchase the booklets. 

Let's give so they can learn! 

OTN (Women of the Good News) needs our help! 

Emergency . 

Guingo Legue ti Diko 
MKeti ti Nzapa 


Emergency - - - Emergencv - - - Emergencv - - 







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One dollar per member 
would meet the goal! 

Please send your special emergency offering before 
February 1, 1982, to National WMC Financial Secretary, Miss 
Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Ave., Winona Lake, Indiana 
46590. Make checks payable to Brethren National WMC. 

What Do I Write to a IVIissionarv? 

by Nora Macon 

The Scene: A monthly WMC meeting 

The Time: During the business meeting 

The President finishes up the last bit of business. She smiles and 
looks around the room. 

President: Ladies, now it's your chance to get involved and en- 
courage our missionaries. We need several ladies who will volunteer 
to write to the missionaries who have birthdays in IVIarch. 

An uncomfortable feeling fills the room as 37 silent women look 
at their laps. 

President: This is an excellent opportunity to get to know a mis- 
sionary. You'll really receive a blessing for writing. 

A hand slowly rises in the back. 

President: Ahh, Mrs. Quietasamouse, would you like to write a 

Mrs. Q: Yes, I guess I can. 

President: Wonderful! Would anybody else like to write? 

Another hand slips up. 

President: Mrs. Alwayswilling, you'd like to write, also? 

Mrs. A: Yes, I just love to write to our missionaries! I feel like I 
know many of our missionaries personally from writing to them, 
even though I've never met some of them. 

Mrs. Q: Excuse me, but could you tell me something? 

Mrs. A: If I can. 

Mrs. Q: Just what do I write to a missionary!? 

Each month WMC ladies across 
the nation are encouraged to write 
to missionaries. But many are 
reluctant to do so. 

Why? Because they don't know 
what to say! It's a common feeling. 

But don't panic when you're 
asked to write. Remember, your 
letter can be a great encouragement 
to a missionary. 

Here are a few handy-dandy tips 
to help you. 

1. Missionaries are human! 
They have senses of humor, likes, 
dislikes, problems, and joys just like 
the rest of us. Try not to think of 
missionaries as one of "them." 
They're not untouchable, spiritual 
giants— they're obedient to God, 

just like we should be in whatever 
He calls us to do. 

Tell the missionary a little about 
yourself, your family, your hobbies, 
and your WMC group. Describe 
your community or church and 
what God is doing there. You 
might even enclose a snapshot of 
your WMC group or yourself. 

2. Missionaries live in a culture 
completely different from ours. 
They have to adapt to new foods, 
customs, health problems, people, 
ways of thinking, politics— just a 
whole new lifestyle. 

Perhaps you'd like to know 
what it's like living in that country. 
Ask about their homes and families, 
what the nationals are like, if they 

readily respond to the Gospel, and 
how hard it was to learn a new 

3. Missionaries have prayer 
requests and praise notes they 
would like to share with you and 
your group. Prayer is a very, very 
important part of missionary work. 

Ask how you can pray for 
them, the people with whom they 
work, the county where they live, 
and the nonbelievers in their area. 

4. Give the missionaries encour- 
agement. Let them know you are 
praying for them. Share with them 
a passage of Scripture and what it 
has meant to you. 

Let them know you wanted 
to write to them and that you're in- 
terested. Please don't start a letter 
with "I had to write this letter to 
you, because it was my turn. . . ." 
How depressing! 

A letter to a missionary could be 
the beginning of a great friendship. 
It could show you how God is 
working all over the world. And 
you truly will receive a blessing. 

These hints are to help you 
enjoy your "through the mail" 
conversation with a missionary. 
Let your imagination go when 
writing. The missionary will be 
excited to discover you aren't going 
to stop with "Do they wear shoes 
in your country?" A missionary 
has so much to share, if someone 
would only ask. And he likes to 
make new friends and hear what's 
going on in the States, too. 

So next time you have the 
chance to write to a missionary, 
take it! Don't wait till you're 
assigned; do it on ''our own. 

What do you write to a mission- 
ary? Just be interested and ready 
to share, and make a new friend 


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Attention Local Presidents 

In the November letter you received from 
Miriam Pacheco, our national president, it 
was requested that you return an enclosed 
card. The card was not enclosed, however. 
We would like to have the information, 
though, so if you haven't mailed a card yet, 
please include your council's name and 
church, your name, the day and time of 
meeting, and special prayer items. Thanks so 

— Remember: the fifteenth of each month is 
the Day of Prayer. Here are some ideas how your 
WMC can emphasize this important day. 

Have a prayer breakfast early in the morning 
of the fifteenth or have it on the Saturday closest 
to the fifteenth. This meal could be at the church, 
at someone's home, or at a restaurant. 

Have an evening salad supper and invite the 
husbands for the meal and prayer time. 

Assign prayer partners at your monthly 
meeting. These two ladies should then get together 
in person or by phone and pray together on the 

Designate a specific time of day for all the 
ladies in your circle to have five minutes or so of 

Assign each lady a specific time to pray, 
changing every five minutes. For example, Mary 
prays at 10;00, Dorothy at 10:05; Liz at 10:10, 
Deb at 1 : 1 5, and so forth . 

Don't get in a rut! Alternate these ideas and 
your own. Get as many women as possible In- 
volved. Each month Grace Brethren Foreign Mis- 
sions and Home Missions publish prayer requests 
sheets. If you don't receive these and would like 
to, write to each and ask for the monthly prayer 

— What happens to your group's reading circle 
books at the end of the year? Several WMCs send 
the books to a missionary, so she can enjoy reading 
them. Other circles donate the books to the church 

If you haven't read this year's books yet, dol 
They're excellenti 

— When you're writing to a missionary for your 
WMC group, send a picture of your group and a tea 
bag (not used I ) so the missionary can "visit" with 
your group while reading the letters. 

— During the prayer circles at your monthly 
meetings, try concentrating on one mission field 
each month. 

Interview with 

by Don R. J. Cramer 

At this point in history, what do you believe are the 
greatest strengths of Grace College as an institution 
of Christian higher education? 

A great many positive features of Grace College 
could be named as outstanding strengths. Lest my 
response be thought overly biased, let me share some 
observations I have received from graduating seniors 
with whom I have had personal interviews during 
their senior year. Almost invariably the seniors will 
point to the Christian philosophy of education at 
Grace as having made the greatest impact upon their 
lives. At Grace the Christian philosophy, based 
squarely upon what the Bible teaches, is emphasized 
in every aspect of life, whether it be academic, resi- 
dential, social, spiritual, or in various Christian 

Another of the college's strengths is its skilled and 
caring faculty. These highly capable academic leaders 
are providing both intellectual stimulation and 
personal example of that vital integration of faith and 
learning which makes Grace College distinctive. 

I would also mention the optimistic atmosphere 
which pervades the campus. The students are 
genuinely enthusiastic about their education at Grace. 
Their commitment to a quality education and a 
-Biblical perspective, coupled with a growing involve- 
ment in Christian service, is one of the most gratifying 
features about Grace these days. 

The North Central Association evaluation team which 
was on the Grace campus this past September seemed 
to feel the Seminary had some outstanding strengths. 
Could you highlight some of these? 

The four-person team, consisting of a president, a 
dean, and two professors— all from different institu- 

Dr. Kent 

tions, had some very complimentary things to note 
about Grace Seminary. They were particularly im- 
pressed with the two-track system in the basic M.Div./ 
Th.M. program whereby students can make a choice 
after several semesters as to which ultimate program 
to pursue. The strong emphasis on the Biblical 
languages brought commendation , as did our excel lent 
homiletical program and laboratory requirements. 
The team was also impressed by our students who 
showed much evidence of being academically alert 
and sharing the goals of the Seminary. 

Meeting the students' needs in a controlled educa- 
tional environment is one thing, but how have the 
students made their faith and energies count for God 
off campus? 

Students with a truly Christian philosophy of life 
will demonstrate Biblical principles in whatever they 
do. Opportunities for putting faith into action are 
abundant at Grace, and an increasing number of stu- 
dents are becoming involved. On a recent weekend, 
for example, a Homeward Bound Team spent a 
weekend at the Indian Heights Grace Brethren 
Church at Kokomo, Indiana. They conducted a 
youth night, a day of manual labor, and led the Sun- 
day morning worship service. During the same week- 
end an Inner City team went to the Pacific Garden 
Mission in Chicago and had opportunity to share 
Christ with visitors to the Mission and take part in 
evangelistic services. Another team was ministering at 
the Fort Wayne Grace Brethren Church through the 
use of puppets, special music, and testimonies. Still 
another group was spending the same weekend in 
Osceola, Indiana, sharing their faith in a nursing home,j 
a rescue mission, and the neighborhood surrounding 
the church. On several fall evenings groups from the 
dorms volunteered their energies and raked leaves for j 
some grateful homeowners at Winona Lake, Indiana. 

Seminary students keep busy with student pas- 
torates, internsliips in churclies, Sunday school teach- 
ing, youth work, and a wide variety of other activities. 

Can we expect the make-up of Grace's alumni to 
change over the next ten years? 

Because Grace's curriculum has kept abreast of the 
changing needs of students we can expect our alumni 
in the future to represent heavier concentrations in 
certain activities. The Seminary will continue to have 
most of its alumni in pastorates and mission fields, 
but a growing number will be Christian school admin- 
istrators as a result of our M.A. program in that field. 
In the college, we should see larger numbers of 
alumni in nursing and business because of the growth 
of these programs. Our newest college major- 
computer science— should also prove very popular, 
and this will add another dimension to our alumni. 
Of course, the strong emphasis upon Christian minis- 
tries in both college and seminary will continue to be 
felt both in the student body and also among the 

The Lord has certainly blessed Grace Schools in a 
marvelous way over this past decade. Can Grace 
expect more of the same kind of prosperity in this 

We can always expect the blessing of God if we do 
His will. God's blessing, however, may take a variety 
of forms. Economic uncertainties and a shrinking 
pool of traditional college students may well have an 
impact on our schools during the 80s. Our "Pursuing 
Priorities Campaign" is endeavoring to develop the 
facilities and programs of Grace in a carefully planned 
manner, recognizing the need to be sensitive to the 
way in which God is supplying our resources. 

I think there will always be a need for college 
education of high quality with strong Christian 
values, and for the preparation of Christian workers 
with the kind of Biblical foundation which Grace Col- 
lege and Seminary offer. Those who are seriously 
committed to these goals will want to come to Grace 
College and Seminary in the 80s, just as they have in 
the past. 

The year is 1990 and our Lord has not yet returned. 
When people look back over the 80s, what do you 
feel they are going to remember about Grace 

I hope they will be able to say that Grace has 
weathered a very difficult economic period in 
American education by careful planning and the 
exercise of fiscal responsibility. I trust they will also 
recognize that Grace has succeeded in offering a high 
quality of education, both in the undergraduate col- 
lege and in the graduate programs of the seminary, 
without wavering in the slightest from our commit- 
ment to the Christian faith and the primacy of Scrip- 
ture. Most important, I believe that those who are 
truly perceptive will acknowledge that a Christ- 
centered education, received at Grace College and 
Seminary, was the best kind of preparation for life 
and service that a Christian could obtain. 





A memorial service for Karen Brunner was held at 
Grace College Tuesday evening, November 3. Some 
200 students and faculty members attended the serv- 

Karen entered Grace College this fall as a junior 
Elementary Education major. Soon after school 
started, however, she was hospitalized in Fort 
Wayne's Parkview Memorial Hospital. Her health had 
been failing for several months. In the hospital 
Karen's condition stabilized somewhat, and Karen 
was beginning to think of returning to her Richland, 
Pennsylvania, home when on Monday, October 26, 
she suffered a sudden relapse and died. 

The purpose of the November 3 memorial service 
was to provide Karen's friends with encouragement 
and the opportunity to reflect. Chaplain Kevin 
Huggins was in charge of the service and Dr. W. 
Merwin Forbes, assistant professor of Biblical Studies, 
delivered a message on "The Love of God." 

"God has acted in His world," said Forbes, "and 
Karen's tenure on earth is finished. We are now faced 
with two questions: What should I learn and what 
should I do?" In answer to the first question the 
Grace professor cited Psalm 90:12 which reads: "So 
teach us to number our days that we may present to 
thee a heart of wisdom." Forbes, in speaking to the 
second question, encouraged students to adopt a 
thankful spirit that God had permitted them to know 
Karen, to not call His decision into question, and to 
permit God to have the one whom He loved." 

Huggins also presented the testimony and reflec- 
tions of Karen's parents on her passing. Mrs. Miriam 
Uphouse, Dean of Women, read a Scripture passage. 
Rev. Galen Lingenfelter, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana, shared his involvement 
with the Brunners while they were in Fort Wayne. 

Funeral services were held on Friday, October 30, 
in the Grace Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pennsyl- 
vania, with burial in the Richland Cemetery. 

Karen, who was born on September 27, 1961, was 
the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Neal Brunner, 126 S. 
Park St., Richland, Pennsylvania. She was a member 
of the Myerstown Grace Brethren Church, pastored 
by Rev. Luke E. Kauffman. She has two brothers, 
Steve and Theodore, and two sisters, Cheryl and 
Diane. Steve is a freshman at Grace this year. Other 
surviving relatives include Karen's maternal grand- 
mother, Mrs. Mildred Fox, and paternal grandparents, 
Mr. and Mrs. Mark W. Brunner, all of Lebanon, Penn- 


Parents and alumni of the college were kept busy at their special Home- 
coming weekend held on campus, October 30-31 . Friday evening was high- 
lighted with coronation of a queen and honoring parents of the year. There 
was a president's breakfast, parade, induction of new members into Alpha 
Chi (the national honor society), soccer game (Grace beat St. Joseph's Col- 
lege 6-0), alumni basketball, volleyball, and many other activities. Capping 
off the weekend was the homecoming banquet attended by more than 600 
people following the theme of "Mexican Fiesta." Nationally acclaimed 
gospel vocalists Danny Gaither and Billy Speer were a part of the activities. 

Ginger Schneider of Nappanee, Indiana, was crowned 1981 Homecom- 
ing Queen. A speech communication major and a behavioral science minor, 
she is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Daniel Schneider. Also honored at the 
coronation as "Parents of the Year" were Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bennardo, 
Jr., of Columbus, Indiana. A citation written by their son Tom, a senior, 
was read and the couple received a plaque. Forty-five students nominated 
their parents for the honor. 

Above. Dr Homer A Kent, Jr , leads the 
coronation audience in congratulating 
Mr, and Mrs. Thomas M. Bennardo, Jr., 
after announcing their selection as "Par- 
ents of the Year." (Photo by Greg 

Below: The senior class float in the 
Homecoming parade. (Photo by Vance 

Queen Ginger Schneider, escorted by Gordon Kisler and surrounded by 
other members of the Homecoming court. (Photo by Vance Christie) 

Mary Krenrick, a 

junior from Lou- 

donville, Ohio, is 

congratulated by 

Grace Professor 

Myron Yeager after 

being inducted into 

the school's honor 

society. Alpha Chi. 

(Photo by 

Vance Christie) 

(98f liONECOMiiiG mm. 


Clowns hold the P'^W banner leading the parade procession 

News Notes 

Your Company 

PIANOS— The national Women's Missionary Council 
(WMC) has donated three Astin-Weight pianos to the 
Grace College Music Department. Pictured are Don 
Ogden, chairman of the music department (left), and 
Miriam Pacheco, president of the national WMC. The 
pianos are the major part of an $8,500 project which 
the WMC has undertaken for Grace Schools in 
1981-82. The remainder of the gift money will be 
used to upgrade the quality of the college's practice 
music rooms in which the new pianos will be placed. 
This donation is one of six major gifts which the 
WMC gives annually to national organizations within 
the Fellowship. 


This past year GRACE SCHOOLS 
received more than 


from the employers of many 
of our friends. 

Checl< your employer or company 

to see if they will match your 

gift to Grace Schools. 

For more information write: 


Development Office 

Grace Schools 

Winona Lake, Indiana 




Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Dr. Kenneth Ashman 

Mrs. Clara Horst 

Mr. A. Bernard Crump 

Frances Hunt 

Mr. Albert A. Backus 
Mr. Wade Beal 
Mr. Hugh Range 

Mrs. Douglas Brickel 
Elizabeth Deitz 
Homer Stephenson 
Mrs. D wight Widman 
James Marker 

George Pryor 
Opal Beach 

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LIVING MEMORIAL is as follows: J 


Rev. and Mrs. Doyle E. Miller 
Mr. and Mrs. John Armstrong 
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kohler 
Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Kohler 
Grace Brethren Church, 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 
Mrs. Albert A. Backus 
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Skellenger 
Peru Grace Brethren Church 

Peru, Indiana 
Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Hammers 
Rev. and Mrs. John J. Burns 
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Taylor 
Rev. and Mrs. Thomas E. Hammers 
Grace Brethren Community Church 

West Alexandria, Ohio 
Mr. and Mrs. Richard Woodring 
Mrs. Ruby Bennett 
Charlotte Morris 
Dr. and Mrs. L. K. Ude 
LaLoma Grace Brethren Church 

Modesto, California 

(Continued from page 20) 

Jake KJiever, and Mrs. James Custer. 

A memorial fund has been established to assist in the de- 
velopment of the nursing program at Grace College. 
BEACH, Op^, Oct. 6. She was a member of the Lalj>ma 
Grace Brethren Church in Modesto, Calif., since 1951. Joel 
Richads, pastor. 

CHRISTENSEN. Mrs. Clara. 78, Oct. 5. She had been a 
member of the Leon Brethren Church, Leon, Iowa, for 56 
years. She also served as a deaconess for many years. Glen 
Weibom, pastor. 

HARTMAN. George. Oct. 17. He was a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 
RICHWINE, Sarah, Oct. 9. She vsras a member of the Melrose 
Gardens Grace Brethren Church. Harrisburg, Pa., since 1954. 
Esrte Peer, pastor. 

SMITLEY, Chalmer, 73, Sept. 2. Hs was a member of the 
Bethel Brethren Church, Berr>e, Ind., for many years. Larry 
Edwards, pastor. 

SPEICHER, Adee J.. Sept. 24. He had been a member of the 
Eliet Grace Brethren Church, Akron, Ohio, since 1933. 
Gerald Teeter, pastor. 

TROUTMAN, Sadie, 93, Nov. 9. She had been a member of 
the First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, for 45 years. 
Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

WOLFE, Helen, Aug. 5, a longtime member of the Melrose 
Gardens Grace Brethren Church, Harrisburg, Pa. Earl Peer, 


Dr. Robert B. Collitt, stewardship counselor for the 
Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service, will be 
speaking at the following Grace Brethren churches: 

Grace Brethren Church of Cypress, 9512 Juanita, Cy- 
press, Calif., Feb. 7-10, Steven Bradley, pastor. 

Grace Brethren Church, 6704 Milton Ave., Whittier, 
Calif., Feb. 14-17. Stephen Kuns, pastor. 

Westminster Brethren Church, 14614 Magnolia Ave., 
Westminster, Calif., Feb. 21-24. Robert Kliewer, 

Community Grace Brethren Church, 12200 Oxford 
Dr., LaMirada, Calif., Feb. 28-March 3. Richard Cron, 

Dr. John C. Whitcomb, director of Doctoral Studies 
and professor of Theology and Old Testament at 
Grace Schools, Winona Lake, Ind., will bespeaking in 
the following Grace Brethren churches: 

Grace Brethren Church, Mabton, Wash., Feb. 7-10, 
John Mcintosh, pastor. 

Harrah Brethren Church, Harrah, Wash., Feb. 10-13, 
Charles Winter, pastor. 

Grace Brethren Church, Sunnyside, Wash., Feb. 14-17, 
Charles Thornton, pastor. 

Hawaii Brethren churches, Feb. 21-25, pastors James 
Kennedy, Kip Coffman, and Foster Tresise. 

□ Hawaii anyone? The Brethren Missionary Herald 
is planning a Hawaiian tour following national con- 
ference in California in 1982. Tentative dates are 
Aug. 6-16, 1982. Start saving now so you can enjoy 
a super experience . . . visiting the beautiful islands 
and sharing worship with the Brethren people there. 

D Rev. and Mrs. Robert D. Crees were honored at 
their fiftieth wedding anniversary celebration held 
Oct. 11 in the Grace Brethren Church, Waynesboro, 
Pa. The event was hosted by their four daughters and 
sons-in-law: James and Roberta Devin (Wayne 
Heights), Allen and Rosemary Stiffler (Indiana, Pa.), 
Don and Dorothy Rough (Johnstown, Pa.), and Dave 
and Ginny Plaster (Warsaw, Ind.). Their daughters 
presented the celebrants with a yellow rosebud cor- 
sage and boutonniere. A surprise floral arrangement 
of 50 anthuriums were sent by the Waipio Brethren 
Church from Hawaii, where Mr. Crees served as in- 
terim pastor for a period of time. 

Mr. and Mrs. Crees were married Oct. 9, 1931, in 
Enola, Pa., and renewed their vows with their two 
preacher sons-in-law. Rev. Don Rough and Rev. David 
Plaster. Musical selections were given by their chil- 
dren and grandchildren for the special occasion. 


Heartv congratulations to. and may Cod's blessing rest upon 
these new families who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six-month subscription to the Herald is grven to 
fjew/yweds, not prev)OU5/y subscribing, v4^ose addresses are 
supplied by the officiating minister. The church is billed for the 
additional months to make the new/ywed subscription expire 
the same time as others from the church. 

Tonya Minns and Sam Stuber, Aug. 8, Peru Brethren Church, 
Peru, Ind. 

39th Ann Bassett and Robert Joseph Grove, Aug. 29, River- 
side Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 
Susan Wiandt and Brian Campbell, Aug. 29, Grace Brethren 
Church, Middlebranch, Ohio. 

Robyn Hoffmeyer and James Lee, Sept. 5, Riverside Grace 
Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

Victoria Kriner and Gary Fake, Sept. 19, Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstovm, Pa. 

Lori Ann Brenchak and William Bloom, Sept. 20, Riverside 
Grace Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pa. 

Sarah Hitchcock and Richard Dingeldein, Sept. 26, Grace 
Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Colleen Wiley and John Hershberger, Sept. 26, Meyersdale 
Grace Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pa. 
Rene Horst and Theodore Mutschler, Oct. 3, Grace Brethren 
Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

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phone-609-927-4059 / Robert Foote, 3139 N. Fair- 
mount, Davenport, lA 52804 / Stephen Miller, 2530 
Norway Dr., Garland, TX 75040 / Glenn Moore, 110 
Lynette Circle, R. 2, Willow Street, PA 17584 / Wil- 
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Reflections By Still Waters 

Defect Label Required 

Charles W. Turner 


The constant-care treatment of 
the civil government seems to know 
no bounds. The latest idea coming 
out of Washington calls for those 
who sell a used car to list the 
defects on a special window sticker. 
This, of course, will help the buyer 
to become aware of the problems 
of his purchase before he has the 
joy of discovering them himself. At 
first mention of the newly 
proposed statute, I must admit 
there is some logic to it. There are 
some used cars which I had 
purchased that would have required 
a ten-foot scroll , engraved in small 
print, to have told the total tale of 
their defective histories. 

How well I remember that 
beautiful black Plymouth, dated in 

the early 50s. It was the very 
picture of all a young man longs for 
in a nice used car. Someone forgot 
to tell me that it had been hit either 
by a train or a very large truck. It 
tracked from front wheels to rear 
wheels much like an out-of-joint 
hound dog I once saw. Yet, from 
the shining interior of the 
Plymouth, I could not see the fact 
that it had a much-twisted body. 
Anyone following me on the test 
drive could have told me, but, alas, 
the government had not yet 
required facts-of-the-tragedy-on- 
the-window-sticker at that point in 

But, as all good ideas go, this 
suggestion for a new law has its 
defects, too. Think what would 
happen if this principle were to 
spread to other areas of our lives— 
if before those big transactions 

should occur, the defect sticker 
Vvould appear! Let me cite some 
examples of what might happen. I 
think you will be able to see what 
chaos could well ensue. 

The defect -sticker for used- 
preachers first. The candidate 
to fill your pulpit would come with 
his sticker on his nicest three-piece 
blue suit which might well read— 
(1 ) has tendency to spend long 
hours in the study without due 
regard to the sick and afflicted in 
the hospital; (2) has been known to 
exceed the legal limit of allotted 
time in preaching sermons, in fact, 
on one occasion preached 17 
minutes too long causing many 
members of the church to lose their 
place in line for Sunday lunch at 
the local fried chicken establish- 
ment; (3) defect also noted in right 
foot— too heavy on the gas pedal 
and has become a target of local 
law enforcement officers; (4) also, 
noted for wearing footwear 
unbecoming to the clergy. 

Or, the defect -sticker for used- 
congregations which could also 
become a real winner. Imagine if a 
candidating minister at the local 
vacant church could see a label 
attached to members of the congre- 
gation to warn him of possible past 
defects and problems. Might the 
list include having a slight tendency 
to keep the past pastor poor and 
humble by giving the annual wage 
increase at the 1 percent level? 
Maybe the list might include 
demands on time to include jani- 
torial services along with other 
pastoral duties. Also, noted could 
be sharp criticism about the length, 
breadth and depth of his messages. 

If the labels for past defects 
were to be legalized beyond the 
used car market, it could include 
couples to be wedded, employees 
to be hired and restaurants . . . and 
suddenly it would become an all 
new world— by legal decree. 

There stands One in the midst of 
all of the defects and shortcomings 
of the world who would not have 
to list a single problem. You know 
His name. It is a name above every 
name at which angels and all 
humanity will bow. He alone bears 
the marks of completeness and 

All others humbly display their 
label of failure. ■ 


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Editor, Charles W. Turner 
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Departmental Editors: 

Christian Education: 

Knute Larson, Cinny Toroian 

Foreign Missions: 

John W. Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 

Grace Brethren Men: 

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Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer 

Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Brad Skiles 

Women's Missionary Council: 

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Photo by Gordon Austin. See articles on pages 8 and 28. 

repcrted in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1947 

Rev. Bernard Schneider, pastor of the Mansfield, Ohio, 
congregation expected the new church building to be com- 
pleted by the end of the month. . . . There w/ere 110 re- 
ported in Sunday school at Winona Lake, Ind. This was the 
highest figure on record. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1967 

Dedication Day for the new Christian education center 
took place in Norwalk, Calif. Howard Mayes, pastor. Mr. 
Lester Keyser served as builder and Dr. Harold Etiing was 
the dedication speaker. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1977 

Dr. Harold Etiing, director emeritus of the Grace Breth- 
ren Churches Christian Education Department, went to be 
with the Lord. He served 18 years as director of the organi- 
zation. . . . Richard Bell was ordained to the ministry at the 
North Kokomo Grace Brethren Church, Kokomo, Ind. 


To Whom It May Concern: 

How pleasant it is to call a place of business and be 
treated in a very kind manner. 

I telephoned the Herald Bookstore in early December 
and asked for some help in picking a Christmas play. The 
lady who answered the phone not only helped, but also 
went far beyond that and looked up several Christmas 

It is so rare to be treated with such patience and kind- 
ness, that I felt I needed to thank \/ou.— Kansas 

Volume 44 Number 2 February 1982 


4 Nourishing Central Africa's Growing 

7 Asked To Be a Pastor's Wife 

8 The New Missionary Residence 

10 "No Place for Me in These Regions" 

12 Serving the King of Kings in the Queen 


14 Satan's Most Effective Weapon 

17 Creating a Winning Team, Part III 

21 Receiving People into the Church 

22 A Tribute in Praise of Pastors 

24 National Men's Sunday in Review 

26 Grace Brethren Boys Award Ceremony 

28 A Walk Through the Missionary Residence 

31 Dr. Boyer Honored at Grace 

32 Christian College Choirs-Experience and 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News 20 • 

Nourishing Centre 

Below: Roy Snyder 
helps a student during 
one of the classes. 

by Don Hocking 

Food is essential for growth. 
Without nourishment, there is stag- 
nation and eventual death. This 
fact is readily recognized and ac- 
cepted in the physical realm. 

A baby can be born healthy, but 
without proper nourishment, he 
will sicken and die. When given the 
needed food, the baby grows and 
soon becomes a sturdy toddler. 

In the Central African Republic, 
providing the daily food for a 
family requires a lot of hard work. 
The soil must be prepared for the 
growing of the staple food— manioc. 

Weeding is a requirement. 

Once the manioc is mature, it 
takes hours of preparation before it 
is ready for the family pot: it is 
soaked for three days, broken into 
pieces and dried, pounded, sifted, 
and then made into the daily mush. 
Even the young tender leaves of the 
manioc plant are used for a sauce to 
eat with the mush. It is hard work 
to provide daily food, but it's 

Food is also essential for growth 
in the spiritual realm. Consider a 
church that is not fed from the 
living Word. That church will soon 
stagnate and eventually cease to 

exist! The same principle applies to 
the individual life of the believer— 
without daily nourishment from 
the Word the believer will cease to 
grow, and the joy of his salvation 
will soon fade. However, if fed 
regularly, the Christian will 
continue to mature. 

TEE (Theological Education by 
Extension) has proved to be an 
effective program to provide added 
nourishment for believers and 
Christian workers. 

Instead of asking the students to 
come to a central Bible school, the 
teacher or teachers go to where the 
students live. This allows lay 
people to continue their work and 
yet study the Word in a school-type 
situation. Pastors can also continue 
their ministry in the local church 
while receiving further training in 
the Word of God. It is difficult for 
pastors to leave their churches, and 
it is also very expensive. Also, as 
they study in the TEE program, 
they can immediately put to use 
the things they are learning. It is a 
very practical program. 

tfrica's Growing Church 

The TEE program in the French 
anguage was begun in 1972 to give 
idded nourishment to lay leaders in 
:he city of Bangui. Many of the 
eaders held jobs in the city. Once- 
i-week classes were organized, and 
15 men enrolled that first year in 
;he two courses. That year I 
vorked alone, but Roy Snyder 
oined me the next year. We have 
)een teaching ever since. 

The second year, two more 
;ourses were offered, allowing a 
lew class to begin on a different 
svening, and the second year 
itudents continued in the program, 
rhis has gone on for nine years— 
;ach year repeating the two intro- 
ductory courses and offering two 
lew courses for the advanced 
Itudents until the original students 
;ompleted the 18 courses offered. 

Only two of the original 1 5 
persevered until the end, complet- 
ng all the required reading, exams, 
ind papers. On September 6, 1980, 
;hese two students were awarded 
heir diplomas in an impressive 
;eremony at the Bangui Castor 
;hurch, the church in which both 
nen, Jean-Pierre Mbaya and Joseph 
^goguia, are active deacons and 
Sunday school teachers. 

We are expecting that these men 
vill be more effective laymen in 
heir churches because of this Bible 
raining. They have even expressed 
;he desire to take more courses 

Realizing that this program 
;ould also meet a need 
imong the 550 
Bible Institute 
jraduates serving 
n 14 districts with 
ibout 450 chur- 
;hes outside ot 
Bangui, the 
FEE pro- 
jram was 

to these men, taught in the Sango 
language. The lack of resident 
missionary elders in many of these 
districts no doubt contributed to 
some laxness in personal spiritual 
growth and study of the Word, and 
that was reflected in the lack of 
growth and spiritual maturity of 
their members. 

With transportation provided by 
our MAP plane (Missionary Avia- 
tion Fellowship), we were able to 
hold classes in four centers— Bouca, 
Batangafo, Boguila,and Bos- 
sangoa— in a three-day period. Two 
other centers, Bangui and M'Baiki, 
were served by car. This meant 
that potentially 150 pastors could 

Four hours were spent in class 
with the pastors once a month. The 
two courses taught were Inspiration 
of the Scriptures and the History of 

The pastors traveled each month 
by bicycle, mopeds, public trans- 
portation or even by private truck 
in order to attend these classes. 
Several traveled as far as 50 miles, 
and some paid $10 every month to 
get to the classes. 

More than 150 enrolled, and the 
average attendance stayed around 
100. Sometimes sickness or death 
among their church members or 

other responsibilities kept pastors 
away, but most were faithful and 
missed very few classes. 

The second year at the request 
of the pastors, the method was 
changed. A three-day period was 
spent at one center during one 
month, and each of the four centers 
was then reached only once every 
four months. This seemed to please 
the pastors more as it required less 
travel on their part. 

Since the trip usually involved 
spending two nights away from 
home on abandoned stations, one 
of the missionary wives accom- 
panied the men to care for meal 
preparation. Also, this was an 
opportunity for regular contact 
with the women in the districts. 
The pastors' wives and women's 
and girls' leaders were asked to 
come with the pastors, and classes 
were held for them. 

These regular trips also helped in 
another area of need— the distribu- 
tion of needed literature and 
materials to the churches and 

After two years, about 50 
students in six centers had com- 
pleted the two courses successfully 
and received certificates for their 
work. The pastors seem to enjoy 
the classes, are enthusiastic about 
the program, and want it to 
continue. In order to do 
this, new 


TEE is helping to nourish the growing church of the C.A.R. 

(Continued on page 6) 

(Continued from page 5) 

courses must be prepared and 
mimeographed. Roy Snyder is now 
the director of the TEE program 
and is preparing two more courses. 

At present, we are reaching only 
six districts. Eight others need to 
be helped in the same way, but we 
do not have the personnel to do the 
job. The pastors of these districts 
feel slighted and want the classes. 
"Doesn't a father love and treat all 
his children equally?" is the proverb 
they use to express their feelings. 

We need more laborers for the 
vast field of Central Africa to 
continue the upgrading of our Bible 
Institute grads who are now serving 
as pastors and teachers This is an 
important ministry— nourishing a 
growing church in the Central 
African Republic. ■ 

Roy Snyder and Don Hoci<ing stand with Jean-Pierre Mbaya and 
Joseph Ngoguia, the two students who have completed the TEE 


Betty Hocking teaches the women during TEE classes. 

by Madame Touhoulya Marie 

My name is Touhoulya Marie. I 
believed in Christ as my Saviour 
when I was a small child. On that 
day the pastor preached about 
Jesus saying He wanted the little 
children to come to Him. I believed 
and my heart really trembled. I 
said in my heart, "I believe now, 
some day I will see Jesus, really!" 
I was baptized on July 27, 1962. 

When I was still young, about 15 
years old , the wife of our pastor 
died. It was a time of deep sorrow. 
There were several children in the 
family. Benjamin was just a small 

The deacons knew the pastor 
needed a new wife, so they began 
to search for one for him. 

One day the deacons came to see 
my father. They wanted him to 
give me to Pastor Jacques to 
become his wife. Pastor was a nice 
man, but he was not young and he 

was not of a good face. (A close 
call with a leopard had badly 
scarred one eye.) 

I really did not want to be his 
wife! My father did not force me. 
The deacons said they would pray 
for me that I might want this. 

Now I ask you, when the Holy 
Spirit is at work in your heart 
doing His work, how can you refuse 
Him? It is not possible to do so 
and still walk in God's peace. 

At last, I wanted the marriage 
and did become wife to Pastor " 
Jacques. I also became mother to 
his children. Benjamin is now nine 
years old and calls me "mama." 

The central church at Bozoum 
called my husband to be pastor. 
An elementary Bible school was 
there. I asked my husband if I 
could attend school. He agreed to 
allow me if I still hauled water, 
cooked food, and swept the house. 
I did all of these with a happy 

In 1977, my husband opened the 
way for me to attend Bible institute 
at Bata. This school was very hard 
for me. It is three and a half miles 
from Bozoum to Bata. The first 
year I rode Pastor's (my husband's) 
bike to school and back every day. 
My second and third years, I 
walked mostly. God's grace was 
with me every day. I received my 
diploma in 1979. (Marie was tied 
for the highest average that year 
among the women.) 

After I was graduated, a great 
sickness fell on me. I was operated 
on at Boguila and now have some 
strength. I have much hunger to do 
God's work. I am president of our 
OTN (WMC). I visit other churches 
in our district pushing them in the 
work of OTN. 

My family in Christ, I plead with 
you to pray much for me. Writing 
is hard for me, but I try. I greet 
you all in the name of Jesus. ■ 

Construction began in 
March 1981. 


The new Missionary Residi 
in Winona Lake, Indiana, is a 
ute to two things: the fait' 
stewardship of Grace Bret! 
people and the service of their d 
sionaries. ■ 

Brethren have contributed ge' 
ously-nearly $150,000 in the 
three years— to the constructio 
the Residence while, during J 
same time, their offerings to 
ministry of Grace Brethren For 
Missions totaled over $4 mil 
(not including gifts for the I 
dence). In addition to that, 
WMC ladies have given S27,00C 
this new missionary housing, 
the photo tour of the Residenc 
the WMC section of this Herald. 

Such generous giving is evid' 
that Grace Brethren people be 
in missions and love their mis! 
aries! They insist that these fail 
servants of the Lord be prop 
cared for when they are in 
States— whether for furlough, re 
ment, or ministering or atten 
meetings in the Winona Lake ar 

A completed 

apartment belonging 

to Miss Ruth Kent. 


As you will read elsewhere, the 
Residence is already being used 
iften. The fourth annual Candidate 
Jchool held its classes and noon 
neals there, and out-of-town parti- 
lipants were lodged there. Two re- 
ired ladies make their home in the 
acility, and in its first full month 
)f availability at least six transient 
nissionaries spent from one night 
o two weeks in the building. Fur- 
hermore, several outside groups 
WMCs, student missionary organi- 
lations, a church staff, and a minis- 
erium) have scheduled meetings in 
he "All Nations Fellowship Hall." 

With praise to God for His abun- 
iant provision, and gratitude to the 
jeople of our Grace Brethren Fel- 
owship, we have dedicated the 
Missionary Residence to the glory 
)f God and the service of His 
pecial people, our missionaries! 

On your next trip to Winona 
.ake, stop in at the Foreign Mis- 
ions office and ask to see the Mis- 
lionary Residence. You've earned a 
reetour! ■ 

Near completion 

"1 a WomsMwiih TlljmioKi 

"No Place 

for IMe 

in These Regions" 

by John W. Zielasko 

Evangelistic and spiritual needs exist all around us, 
yet many Christians are blind to the opportunities. 
Such was not the Apostle Paul's handicap. He knew 
full well that evangelism and church planting were 
not completed in the areas he visited. 

The task wasn't even finished in the city of 
Corinth where Paul wrote to the Roman Christians. 
Political corruption , moral depravity, and prostitution 
were the major characteristics of that sin-saturated 
city, even after Paul had ministered there. Notwith- 
standing, Paul shocks us with astonishing words by 
implying to Christians in Rome that there was "no 
place for me in these regions" (Rom. 15:23). 

Can it be true that there was no place for Paul in 
that section of the world? Was there no place for one 
of the greatest Bible teachers who ever lived? Paul, a 
persuasive communicator, had captured the hearts of 
Gentiles and established churches all over Asia 
Minor— now was there no place for him? 

In view of what we know about Paul, his assess- 
ment of the situation sounds strange, indeed. Surely 
Paul would have no difficulty serving as senior pastor 
in any one of the churches he had founded. 

If congregations had known that Paul was available, 
pulpit committees from all over Asia Minor would 
have been in competition with each other- for his 
services. But there was no place in the pastorate for 
Paul. Others would have to serve in that noble calling. 
What about theological training? There must have 
been a great need for Christian teachers to prepare 
men for the high calling of the ministry. 

Any theological school would have been honored 
to have had Paul occupy their chair of theology, and 
if no school existed in the areas, he was certainly 
capable of founding one. But Paul felt that there was 
no place for him even in this most honored and 
worthy position. 

Consider Paul's gift of writing. F. F. Bruce, 
renowned New Testament scholar, after 40 years of 
studying the New Testament remarked, "I have 

learned to regard Paul as the greatest man who ever 
wrote in Greek. If anyone should call him the greatest 
writer of all time, I would not dispute the claim." 

As a prolific and skillful writer, Paul's works were 
in constant demand. Why not trade his many prison 
experiences for a comfortable home and concentrate 
on the production of Christian literature? 

Write he would, but not as his principle occupa- 
tion. Even here there was no place for him, simply be- 
cause he had a priority that took precedence overall 
other Christian careers. 

Paul knew that he had been set apart by the Lord 
"to bring about the obedience of faith among all the 
Gentiles" (Rom. 1 :l-5). The only way that goal could 
be reached was through a missionary career. He 
would select and help train others for leadership in 
the local church, continuing his writing and teaching 
as time permitted. But his overriding goal would have 
to be "to preach the Gospel, not where Christ was 
named" (Rom.l5;20). 

Paul saw no place for himself in positions that 
other Christians could fill. He, with a true missionary 
passion, had to go where Christ was not yet named. 
He had to reach the unreached. That is the true mis- 
sionary fervor— a passion that needs to be rekindled 
among Christians of our generation. 

Young Christian, do you want a challenge for your 
life? Are you willing to follow the Lord in a mission- 
ary career? 

Pioneer fields still exist in numbers that are stag- 
gering. Dr. Donald A. McGavern recently wrote, "To- 
day's challenge is to devise new slogans, new 
priorities, and new principles which excite the Church 
of Jesus Christ to surge forward on ten thousand 
fronts sending apostles, sending preachers, sending 
missionaries across cultural, linguistic, and economic 
barriers to evangelize any and all segments of society 
which the existing churches in any land are not reach- 
ing and cannot reach." 

Where are the committed Christians who like Paul 
will say, "There is no place for me in these regions; I 
must dedicate my life to reach the unreached"? ■ 

A Meeting 
in Puerto Rico 

The leaders of the Grace Brethren Church in San 
Juan and Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, scheduled a meeting 
on Saturday, September 19, 1981, to confer with 
representatives of Grace Brethren Foreign Missions. 
They had prepared a lengthy agenda to review the 
strategy and goals of the Foreign Missions Society 
with respect to the evangelization of the island as well 
as the relationship of the church to the Society. 

As a result of this most profitable meeting, a closer 
partnership was formed between the church and the 
mission providing for counsel and cooperation in the 
fulfillment of goals in evangelism and church planting 
in Puerto Rico. For a temporary period. Missionary 
Norman Schrock will serve as pastor of the congre- 
gation in order to give direction and train leaders. ■ 

Missionary Personnel Needs in the Central African Republic 


Elder Pastor/Teacher 
Elder Pastor/Teacher 

Elder Pastor/Teacher 

Area of Service: 

Seminary Professors 

School of Theology 
Central Bible Institute 
Preparatory Bible Institute 

Church development 

Pastoral counseling and training 

Evangelism and church planting 

Youth Worker (Jr. 

High through 

Flambeaux, Kete Flambeaux (boys' work 

University students) 

Children's work 


Bible Center 


Seminary Library 

French-speaking Couples 

Teaching Bible in government schools 

Helping with translation and correction 

of materials 


Mission and church 






Business Agent 

(on field by 1983) 

Missionaries to 

To work with Arabs 

Unevangelized Groups 

To work with Pygmies 


Master of Theology degree or above 
Seminary degree or above 

Seminary degree or above 

Single or couple 

Must speak French 

These positions require either French or Sango language study and in some cases both. 

Serving the King of Kings 
in the Queen City 

by Pastor Mike Clapham 

When Liz and I moved to Cin- 
cinnati on September 1 , 1980, we 
were immediately faced with the 
challenge of establishing an identity 
within the community. Since 
there were no Grace Brethren 
churches in the greater Cincinnati 
area, we found it necessary to cap- 
ture the dynamics of our ministry 
in one phrase which would com- 
municate our philosophy in trans- 
ferable form. That first day the 
Lord gave us an expression which 
identified what we were doing: 
"Serving the King of Kings in the 
Queen City." 

This ministry of church-planting 
in the Queen City (Cincinnati's 
most familiar nickname) was made 
possible through visionary planning 
and cooperative teamwork. Even 
though several efforts to initiate 
Bible studies in Cincinnati had not 
materialized, the Brethren Home 

Missions Council was willing to 
place one couple on the field to 
start the work from scratch. They 
had recognized the strategic location 
of this city and its potential for 
growth and reproduction. The 
Council worked closely with the 
Worthington GBC, our home 
church, as well as two Ohio districts. 
As a result, we were able to concen- 
trate on church-planting on a full- 
time basis. 

The vision of the Cincinnati 
GBC expresses itself in three 
specific arenas. Locally, we desire 
to plant an effective church which 
will reproduce itself by planting 
other churches in the greater Cin- 
cinnati area. Nationally, we are 
committed to assist the Home 
Missions Council as it continues to 
start new works. Globally, we 
affirm our responsibility to make 
disciples of all the nations by 
raising up, training, sending out, 
and supporting church-planters 

around the world. 

Perhaps the most exciting aspect 
of this visionary approach is that 
God has enabled us to participate, 
with varying degrees, in all three 
arenas. Of course, most of our time 
and effort has been focused upon 
planting the Cincinnati GBC. From 
the very beginning, our people have 
been challenged to think in terms 
of multiple churches in the tri-state 
area. At the same time, however, it 
was necessary to tangibly demon- 
strate the stewardship principle, 
"We don't give to the church , we 
give f/jrot/g/? the church I" In 
response to that principle we desig- 
nated our first offering to the work 
at Island Pond, Vermont. That 
expression of generosity on the part 
of our people helped our local body 
to become nationally involved in 
the ministry. Several months after 
that offering was taken, the Lord 
revealed to us how our church 
could participate in the global 

Left: Pastor Mike Clapham greeting visitors. 

ight: Midweel< 

home Bible 

studies are 

;ontributing to 

the growth at 



Since the mandate under which 
we function is global in scope (see 
Matt. 28:18-20), we determined to 
participate on that scale as the Lord 
directed. His direction led us to 
develop a new approach in the 
training of Foreign Missionary 
personnel who will be involved in 
the ministry of church-planting. 
This experimental program involves 
the placement of a missionary 
intern couple in a Home Missions 
work. In this setting the missionary 
candidates can gain invaluable 
experience in a church which is still 
in its early stages of development. 
The benefit to the Home Missions 
church includes: 

1) Additional input to the local 

2) Establishing strong, personal 
ties with missionaries 

3) Development of a mission 
mentality on a global scale. 

When the internship is completed 
the church can endeavor to help 
support the missionary candidates 
as they are sent to the field. 

When this pilot program was 
approved by both our missions 

organizations, we were offered the 
privilege of putting the plan into 
action. After several contacts and 
much prayer, we determined that 
Dan and Nancy Green should come 
and serve as our missionary intern 
couple. This selection was validated 
by similarity in our philosophies of 
ministry and by their projected 
field of service. They anticipate 
ministering in a major metropolitan 
area in South Brazil which has an 
extensive Catholic constituency. 
Cincinnati provides this type of 

Since their support while here in 
Cincinnati was underwritten by 
individuals outside of our church, 
their ministry places no strain in 
our local funds or on our support 
from the Brethren Home Missions 

Over the past 18 months God 
has abundantly blessed the work in 
Cincinnati. Through the providence 
of the Lord we have been challenged 
and encouraged by men like John 
Sproule, John Whitcomb, Lester 
Pifer, Tom Julien, Rich Harrell, Jim 
Hunt, and Bill Smith. Our own 
men have acknowledged their 
responsibility to lead by example 

Rev. Dan Green is receiving 

missionary training at 


in the home and in the local church. 
The lives of men and women have 
been transformed by the gospel of 
Jesus Christ as they seek to become 
His disciples. 

Our task is clear— make disciples. 
Within the context of our local 
church that goal has been facili- 
tated by the following process: 

V Pastor-teacher equips the 

2) Equipped saints serve in the 
work of the ministry 

3) Service by equipped saints 
builds up the body of Christ. 

As our people serve, the body 
grows in quality and quantity. As 
the body grows its ability to partici- 
pate in the global mandate of our 
Lord increases. In light of this, we 
continue . . . "Serving the King of 
Kings in the Queen City." ■ 

Satan's Most Effective Weapon 


of the 

by Pastor Jim Poyner, pasfor 

Gulfview Community GBC 
Port Richey, Florida 

What do you think is the most common sin of 
Christians today? It's a big problem that all of us 
struggle with. 

If we're going to face and conquer this prevalent 
giant, we need to identify and understand its wiles; 
and thank God there are scriptural antidotes for this 
sometimes deadly disease. 

What's the name of this vicious viper . . . 
DISCOURAGEMENT! It's Satan's most successful 
weapon in defeating Christians. Even strong Christians 
can become discouraged, then depressed, and often 
feel that life has lost its meaning. Consider your 
own experience. How often does discouragement 
attack you and how well do you perform when 
battling its symptoms? Isn't it pretty tough to really 
be effective for God when we've been overtaken by 

Discouragement is looking at and believing the 
circumstances, rather than trusting God, regardless of 
the circumstances. The Apostle Paul wrote, "What- 
ever is not of faith, is sin" (Rom. 14:23). So the first 
thing we need to do is tag discouragement with its 
right name— let's call it "sin"! 

Now let's go to the Scriptures and see why we sink 
into the valley of discouragement, and how to find 
the way out. 

Remember Elijah. James 5:17 says "he was a man 
subject to like passions as we are." Elijah makes a 
good example because the Bible tells us he experienced 
discouragement. Yet, Elijah wasn't your typical 
"tenth row" Christian, he really was on the front 
lines of spiritual battle. 

In 1 Kings 18:19-20, Elijah boldly called for a 
"spiritual showdown" with the 450 prophets of Baal. 
(How many of us would even feel comfortable in a 
debate with 450 against 1 ?) When we read about his 
amazing "trial by fire" (vv. 2140), we feel like 
standing up and cheering. What faith! What courage! 
What an example to follow! We want to be like 
Elijah. But there's another battle in the next chapter. 

Chapter 19 of 1 Kings records the details of 
Elijah's encounter with an almost invisible enemy . . . 
the giant of "discouragement." We find our hero 
"running for his life" and even wanting to "resign 
from life." We can hardly believe that this is the 
same man that challenged the prophets of Baal. Why 
the sudden change? Let's look carefully at how this 
enemy fights and why we get discouraged. 

No. 1 "CRITICISM." Verses 1 and 2 reveal where 
the criticism came from— Jezebel. It was a threat 
upon his life. And so in our day-by-day battles with 
Satan, vi/hen other people criticize us we need to 
realize who the real enemy is: We "wrestle not against 
flesh and blood" (Eph. 6:12). Criticism from other 
people causes us to react against them, and then fear 
comes into our lives, and the problem will keep 
getting worse if we don't deal with it. 

No. 2 "EMOTIONAL STRESS." Consider the 
emotional drain caused by that all-day battle with the 
450 prophets of Baal. Notice the intense prayer for 
rain in 1 Kings 18:41-45. We've all heard and experi- 
enced the truth that a "low tide" almost always 
follows an emotional high. So let's recognize and 
understand it, before discouragement overtakes us. 

18:46 speaks of Elijah running, 19:3 shows him 
fleeing— so no wonder he's discouraged. He's worn 
out! And he's gone without eating, according to the 
action of the angel in verse 5. We are particularly 
susceptible to discouragement when we're physically 
exhausted. That's why we should never make a major 
decision in that condition. 

No. 4 "SPIRITUAL ANEMIA." It results when 
Satan gets us to take our eyes off the Lord and focus 
only on the negative circumstances in our lives. Verse 
3 says "when he saw that," which means he was 
looking at the problem rather than "the One who is 
the problem solver." And the next progression down, 
is looking inward in "self-pity." That Elijah became 
engulfed in self-pity is obvious in verses 4 and 1 4. 

Now that we all agree with some of the reasons 
why Elijah got into this valley of despair, let's also 
understand and apply "the scriptural way out." 

What should we do when discouragement has us 
on our back? First of all, check up on our sleep 
(v. 5). Second, take inventory of our eating habits 
(v. 5). Notice how refreshed Elijah is in verse 8 after 
catching up on his rest and nourishment. Third, talk 
the whole thing out with God ( vv. 9-1 0) . Better to 
tell God, who can help, than tell a lot of people who 
cannot help, fourth , be sensitive to the "still small 
voice of God" (vv. 1 1-12). Today , God speaks to us 
through His Word . . . maybe a verse that really helps, 
or a principle in Scripture that meets our need, or 
the example of a biblical character that faced a similar 
problem. We shouldn't look for a "big emotional 
experience" (vv. 11-12). Fifth, get your eyes off 
yourself and get back to ministering to the needs of 
other people (vv. 15-16). And last, realize i/ve'rejust 
one of God's team players," and our faithfulness in 
our particular position reflects on the success of the 
whole team (v. 18). 

Isn't it exciting to know that if Elijah was so 
greatly used of God, in spite of periods of discourage- 
ment, that our great God can continue to use us, too? 
Make up your mind to win over discouragement. 
Hope to see you on "Mount Carmel" (1 Kings 
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treating a Winning Team Part ill 

Local Churches and 
District Missions 

They are the real initiators 
in church planting— local 
churches and district mission 
boards. The progress of Breth- 
ren Home Missions reflects the 
hard work of these groups in 
starting new churches. 

Reproductive churches like 
Kenai, Alaska; Long Beach, 
California; Myerstown, Penn- 
sylvania; Orlando, Florida; and 
Worthington, Ohio, have been 
responsible for multiple 
branch churches. A host of 
other GBCs have fulfilled the 
phrase: "Every church start a 
branch church," 

Branch churches are 
typically the best prospects 
for Brethren Home Missions' 
adoption. A branch church, 
spawned by a healthy 
evangelistic-minded congre- 
gation, generally has a core of 
quality lay people. The new 
church carries the soul-winning 
vision of their mother church 
and they have important 
supportive ties with their 
"parent" congregation. 

Like the father and mother 
who oversee the growth and 
development of their children, 
reproductive churches assist 
their branch churches with 
counsel, varying financial 
support, and many times, 

District mission boards are 
also active in church planting. 
The most noted ability is that 
of uniting many churches in 
an effort to plant new works 
or encourage the growth of 
existing Bible classes. 

District mission boards 
provide excellent opportunities 
for laymen to be involved in 
church planting. Most mission 

boards are composed of both 
pastors and laymen. Not only 
can laymen become members 
of such district boards, but the 
district approach to church 
planting often allows them to 
be directly involved in estab- 
lishing the new work. 

Highly structured and 
aggressive boards like the 
Northcentral Ohio District 

Mission Board and the Northern 
Atlantic District Mission 
Board have become models in 
this type of church planting. 
The NCO District Mission 
Board has helped to establish 
five new churches in the last 
five years, and is currently 
working with a list of district 
points which could double 
that figure by the close of this 
year. The Northern Atlantic 
District has likewise been 
active, having planted seven 
new GBCs since 1977. 
The Brethren Home 
Missions Council is thankful 
for the work of local churches 
and districts in planting more 
Grace Brethren churches. ■ 

An interview with Rev. Luke Kauffman, chairman of the 
Northern Atlantic District Mission Board. 

The Role of 



by Brad Skiles 

The Northern Atlantic District 
Mission Board is an outstanding 
example of a district mobilized for 
church planting. In recent years, 
the district has helped to establish 
churches at: Newark, Delaware; 
Ephrata, Southern Lancaster and 
Pine Grove, Pennsylvania; Irasburg 
and Island Pond, Vermont; and 
now, Newport, Vermont. This year 
the district is working with new 
Bible classes at Gettysburg and 
Blain, Pennsylvania; and are looking 

toward future developments in 
Reading, Pennsylvania and upstate 
New York. 

To help us understand the 
potential of district missions, we 
asked Rev. Luke Kauffman, pastor 
of the Myerstown, Pennsylvania, 
GBC and chairman of the Northern 
Atlantic District Mission Board, 
these questions: 

Q. Luke, What's the advantage of a 
District Mission Board? 

Kauffman: It's a Jerusalem-type 
board. It's very close to the grass- 
roots local church growth move- 

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ment. The district mission board is 
composed of various neighboring 
pastors who know the culture of a 
church about to begin, who know 
the proximity of other Bible- 
believing churches, and who can 
assess if the field is ripe for the 

Q. The Myerstown GBC is large 
enough to financially sponsor its 
own church planting efforts. Is 
there an advantage to your church's 
involvement in district missions? 

Kauffman: Yes, I can think of 
many advantages. It keeps my 
people from being cultic, insomuch 
that they assume the world rises 
and sets on the large church. It also 
involves them in the lives of smaller 
ministries. They can invest both 
their money and time in these 
works and it gives them a linkage to 
more of the Body of Christ. It 
allows them to unite with other 
churches in reaching new communi- 
ties with the Gospel. 

Q. Sometimes district missions is 
viewed as lacking accountability. 
Some think, "If our church doesn't 
support the district mission point 
this month, someone else will." 
How do you respond to that? 

Kauffman: I think there's some 
truth to that. Churches are people 
and there are some people who 
tend to think that way regarding 
most cooperative missions, whether 
it be district, home, or foreign. 
And yet the Lord seems to supply 
enough people with generous hearts 
to overcome that negative attitude. 

Q. What can a church do, or what 
can the district mission board do to 
make their work more personal? 

Kauffman: Well, I think having 
regular briefing sessions with the 
pastors is the key. In our district, 
we have these briefing sessions four 
times a year with each meeting 
lasting 90 minutes to two hours. 

If you can keep the pastor 
updated on district missions, then 
the ball is in his hands. He is then 
able to go back and communicate 
district missions to the local 
church. I usually find that it takes 
a lot of personal investment in the 
pastors to keep district missions 
alive on the local scene. 

Q. Describe how the Northern 
Atlantic District Mission Board 

Kauffman: As I said, we meet four 
times a year. The board is 
composed of all the ministers in our 
district, pastors and staff pastors 
who are assistants, plus one layman 
from each local church. Not all the 
men are able to attend each 
meeting, but we strive to have a 
complete attendance at our annual 
budget sessions. With everyone 
present, we might have about 60-70 

Q. That's a big board! How do you 
get your work done? 

Kauffman: Well, the agenda has to 
be tight, so I print an agenda which 
helps. The pastors whom we 
support (this year we're supporting 
seven) read printed reports. This 
disciplines them to be concise and 
avoids a lot of extemporaneous 

Q. How is your board involved in 
actually starting the new church? 

Kauffman: Most of the time we re- 
spond to an expressed interest in 
starting a church. For example, I 
recently heard of a Bible class in 
Blain, Pennsylvania, that was 
considering organizing into a 
church , so I went up there with one 
of our pastors and spent a few 
hours with the group. We went 
over what's involved in starting a 
church and the responsibilities of a 
local church. 

We didn't discuss much about 
being Grace Brethren at that time; 
we just discussed the basics of 
beginning a biblical New Testament 
local church. Then if that Bible 
class says, "Well, we want to be a 
local church," I'll begin to discuss 
with them "How about a Grace 
Brethren church?" 

Q. How are funds generated for 
your district mission's work? 

Kauffman: Our district mission 
budget is small when compared to 
the BHMC budget. It runs about 
$27,000 a year, which we raise by a 
district conference push and letters 
from my office to the pastors of 
our district. The pastors then 
encourage giving through the 
offering envelopes which are 
marked "District Missions." Many 
of our churches have included 
district missions as a part of their 

In addition to chairing the 
district mission board, 
Luke Kauffman is a board 
member of the Brethren 
Home Missions Council. 

Q. What factors do you see that 
have made your district successful 
in church planting? 

Kauffman: I think there's a spirit in 
our district that believes in church 
extension and church growth. Most 
of the people in our churches 
believe that multiplying churches is 
the thing to do. However, this kind 
of attitude takes a long time to 

Church planting in our district is 
simply a matter of everyone 
keeping their ears open for 
possibilities and then reporting 
these developments to the 
executive committee (the district 
mission board) who, in turn, 
assesses the viability of such 

Q: What church-planting goals does 
the Northern Atlantic District 

Kauffman: Our definite goal is to 
have at least one church added 
every year and sometimes it goes to 
two. All new district churches are 
guaranteed that they will receive 
$4200 per year toward the pastor's 
salary. We then begin to wean 
them year by year. In addition, 
they also receive the guarantee of 
$1 ,000 for the purchase of land; 
plus we offer them an emergency 

fund drive, for finishing off tlie 
building program, helping the 
pastor nnove, and so forth. There's 
a strong umbilical cord between the 
church and the mission board in the 
early days of the church's existence. 
The church senses that she has a 
parent image helping her to survive. 

Q: Does district missions replace 
the need for IHome Missions? IHow 
do they relate? 

Kauffman: District missions will 
never replace Home Missions. While 
district missions is a Jerusalem 
operation; I see Home Missions as a 
Judean operation. Districts do not 
have the manpower, or the time, or 
funds to coordinate a national 

Q: If each district has a missions 
board that functioned as effectively 
3s the Northern Atlantic's, would 
there still be a need for Home 

Kauffman: Yes, definitely! We 
need somebody to communicate 
Detween the districts— someone 
/vhom the local church can appeal 
to as a trained full-time servant in 
that business; for, you see, in 
district missions it's local pastors 
oaning their time; it costs Myers- 
town my time. When I travel to 
Blain, or wherever, I must return 
nome to continue my ministry 
nere. The larger church extension 
Decomes in a district, the more 
administration it requires. And 
[hat's where Home Missions must 
arry the ball. 

Then , of course, the national 
ministries of counseling, financing, 
architectural drawings, and even 
:hurch discipline, are often out of 
■each for district missions to 

I'm grateful for the contact with 
men like Dr. Piferand Bill Smith, 
rheir presence gives immediate 
:ounsel, and we know that "in the 
multitude of counselors . . ." there 
s greater success. 

The great advantage of a 
national program is the insights 
Deing shared. We should never 
■einvent the wheel, and, while I 
iuppose district missions could do 
[hat, really we shouldn't. There are 
io many tools available to district 
missions through Home Missions. I 
ike to compare Home Missions to a 
national library on church growth, ■ 



Rev. Ralph Burns, former pastor of the Leesburg Grace 
Brethren Church in |,ndiana, is now leading the nearly self- 
supporting church at Anderson, South Carolina. Ralph be- 
gan his new nninistry in December after his successful pas- 
torate at Leesburg, which included a recent building pro- 

Rev. Gary Gnagey, formerly 
on staff at the Leesburg GBC, is 
beginning his pastorate at the 
Hartford City, Indiana, Grace 
Brethren Church. Gary worked 
with Ralph Burns and the Lees- 
burg church for three years as an 
associate pastor. Gary is a 1980 
Grace Seminary graduate and is a 
fine leader for this 1981 Home 
Missions church. 

Rev. Mark Henning has left a 
staff position with the Saddleback 
Valley Grace Brethren Church in 
California and is leading the 
Home Missions church at Albu- 
querque, New Mexico. Since 
1979, Mark served as pastor of 
missions, evangelism, and dis- 
cipleship at the Saddleback Val- 
ley GBC. Working with this for- 
mer Home Missions church, and 
assisting in their Evangelism Explosion program, have pre- 
pared Mark for his new ministry at the Albuquerque 
Heights GBC. 

Pray for these three men as they begin new ministries. 


With the beginning of the 1982 calendar, the Brethren 
Home Missions Council is about halfway through its five- 
year goal of planting 52 new GBCs by 1984. 

The "Bountiful Harvest" thrust to plant 52 new churches 
was introduced to our Fellowship in August of 1979. Now, 
28 months later, the Council looks back on 18 new Home 
Mission points. With 19 churches adopted, only 33 future 
churches are needed to complete our goal. 

During 1982, pray that God will continue to open doors 
for more Grace Brethren church planting. The Council 
would like to adopt 12 new churches or Bible classes this 
year. But each potential point is dependent on its own 
progress and readiness, and Home Missions funding. 

Begin to pray now for the March board of directors 
meetings for Brethren Home Missions. In these meetings 
the participating laymen and pastors will evaluate potential 
Home Mission points and direct offerings to churches 
needing and qualifying for our assistance. 

Finally, pray for the necessary Home Mission offerings 
to enable the planting of more Grace Brethren churches. ■ 


DThe Englewood Grace Brethren Church of Engle- 
wood, Ohio, recently sponsored a Christian Leader- 
ship Conference with Dr. Kenneth Gangel as speaker. 
Dr. Gangel is a prolific writer, having authored 16 
books and more than 800 articles. 

DThe pastors and wives of the Mid-Atlantic District 
honored Paul and Esther Dick (retiring from active 
ministry) and Carl and Betty Miller (the new leader- 
ship at Ankenytown, Ohio) with inscribed plaques 
commenorating their faithful service in the district. 
The Grace Brethren Church of Hagerstown, Md., 
served a delicious covered dish dinner preceding the 
fellowship time. 

D The annual Brethren Youth Conference, sponsored 
by GBC Christian Education, will be held this year on 
the campus of Biola University, LaMirada, Calif. 
Dates will be Aug. 1-7, 1982. 

D Pastor Luke Kauffman (Myerstown, Pa., Grace 
Brethren Church), slipped on the stairway at his 
home while carrying some books. He suffered severe 
spinal contusions and a ruptured disk. He was able to 
carry on his ministry after spending ten days in 

D The Grace Brethren Church of Johnson City, Tenn., 
has recently reached a significant goal. As a congrega- 
tion they raised $18,000 to pay off a past interest 
debt. In order for them to accomplish this, each 
working member had to contribute $500 in the 
four-month period they had set to reach their goal. 
On the final Sunday the offering was $5,200 with 
$4,600 designated for the interest fund, thus elcipsing 
the goal by over $600. 

Recently Pastor Dave Hitchman had the oppor- 
tunity to teach a "Devotional Time" on the local 
television station for five minutes each day for one 

D A special "Farewell Sunday" was planned after the 
morning service at Whittier, Calif., Community GBC 
with a potluck dinner which was shared by many 
friends, relatives, and church family in honor of Pas- 
tor John and Marjorie Mayes. Then came a time of 
memories as they gathered for a time of sharing. 
Since the pastor was going to go to Texas, the church 
family thought he needed to go in style, so they gave 
him a Western suit and, of course, a cowboy hat. 

PASTORAL POTPOURRI-David Belcher was or- 
dained at LaVerne, Calif. / Russell Betz has resigned 
at Pompano Beach, Fla. / Ken Brown ordained at 
Akron, Ohio. / Rollin Coburn called as associate 
pastor at West Covina, Calif. / Bob Fetterhoff, was or- 
dained at Wooster, Ohio. /Stephen Kuns is the new 
pastor at Grace Brethren in Whittier, Calif. /Jerry 
Kyser was licensed at Sterling, Ohio. / Tim Placeway 
is the new associate at Berne, Ind. / Dan Ramsey 
was ordained at the Canton, Ohio, church. / Carl 
Ratcliffe is the new pastor at Riner, Va. / Harold 
Raymond was ordained by the Allegheny District. / 
Raul Silebi was licensed by the North Long Beach 
church. Long Beach, Calif. / Ron Smals is the new 
intern pastor at the Community Grace Brethren 
Church in Warsaw. Ind. 

D Galen Lingenfelter, pastor of the First Brethren 
Church, Fort Wayne, Ind., was a special guest of the 
Iowa-Midlands Ministerium at an overnight retreat at 
a cabin belonging to Vern Schrock of Waterloo, Iowa. 

D Pastor Charles Flowers (Clearbrook, Va., Grace 
Brethren Church), underwent quadruple bypass 
surgery on Nov. 12. He planned to be back in his 
pulpit the beginning of last month. 

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hoping to help 

Box 365, Winona Lake, IN 46590 Telephone: 219/267-6622 

Knute Larson, Executive Director 
Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries 
Judy Ashman, Director of SMM 
Kevin Muggins, Assistant Director 

Receiving People into the Churcli 

One church growth doctor makes the public statement, 
"It is a sin to invite people to the church and then not re- 
ceive them warmly." 

Don't take too much time with his theology on the 
point— just think through the need. Often a church works 
hard at advertising, getting the word out about where it is 
and what time the services are and why people should 
come. But the next step, receiving those people warmly, 
even in February, is easily neglected. 

After all, you don't walk up to people in the restaurant, 
and say, "My, I'm glad you're here— my name is . . . ." Oh 
the waitress does something close to that, or the owner. But 
not the people who attend. 

We don't walk through the department store greeting 
everyone with a hearty handshake and an expression of love 
and urging them to come back again! 

So it's difficult at church. There every attender who is 
regular and involved is urged to share that much with new 
people. We're all a little backward and afraid, so the chal- 
lenge also goes unheeded' by too, too many. 

Church is different. It's a fellowship of love. No matter 
how big it is, it's family. It's a place where one of the main 
purposes is to get tied to other people in the ministry. So 
how we receive people and reach out is essential. 

It may determine the life or death of the church! 

,And you may be the key. 

Receiving people involves getting to know their names 
and spending a little time with them. Soon it will involve 
having them to your home, because hospitality is a key to 
love. When you share part of what you have and are, you 
are saying "I love you" to new people. 

Often new people feel received the first visit, because 
people ask their names and touch their hands. But that 
third to sixth time at the church is often the killer. People 
don't want to go and ask their names again. They've already 
talked about where the person works or the weather or 
what they like or why they go to this church. So it's some- 
times difficult for regulars to go receive those newer re- 
turnees, but it is very important! This is the time when the 
walls around the "ghetto" within the church, the particular 
smaller congregation within the larger congregation, come 
tumbling down. 

How's the reception of newer people at your church? 
Are your doors wide open? 

There's enough of a tie that you're both there because of 
Christ or because of need ! 

Jess Moody entitled a book A Drin/< At Joel's Place be- 
cause he wanted to say that bars offer special reception and 
friendship to people in the form of conversation, accept- 
ance, reaching out. The church must out-do that! 

Join me in the reception line! ■ 

Let's Hear It for Volunteers! 

President Ronald Reagan's budget speech to Congress, 
and all of us, included a call for volunteers to pick up the 
slack where his budget would be cut. The news didn't say 
much about that, for commentators concentrated on the 
areas of cut or just quoted those who were lamenting the 
systems that were going to be killed by the decision. 

But our President said it well: "Fill the vacuum." Private 
groups and volunteer efforts should take over those funds 
cut from the budget. 

We should need no such encouragement from secular 

government. We've been commanded a long time ago by 
our President of the Church to feed the poor, care for the 
widows and hungry, visit the imprisoned, and bear each 
other's burdens. And we've done it, as we look back in his- 
tory. Evangelicals founded schools, built the first hospitals, 
cleaned up work abuses in England and America and other 
places. Often we let those programs slip into the hands of 
people who did it for different motives, and perhaps now is 
the time to go back and pick up some of them. 

Local churches certainly have to be ready to help their 

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This article, reprinted from a recent Christianity Today, reminds us at CE of the Hebrews 13 call for honor and the 1 Pete 
people who work together in harmony for God's glory. 

W(m I toW ki/n Mj tkftt I W' \mf? 

A Tribute iit 

The words of the song, 
"Have I Told You Lately That 
I Love You," are ringing in my 
head. Though the song is for 
sweethearts, the words are 
haunting me in a different 

Have I , as a member of your 
church, told you, as my pastor 
(lately or ever), that I love you 
and thank you for all you are 
and do? A more nagging ques- 
tion is. Have I said anything to 
help smooth out the rough 
spots you encounter day in 
and day out? Have I done any- 
thing to give you a boost? 
Have I ministered to you? 

Last Sunday, just before 
you were to go into the pulpit, 
our eyes met and I said, "Talk 
'purty.' " How pathetic of me. 
You were within minutes of 
probably the most difficult 
sermon of your ministry and 
my flippant words could not 
have told you that I under- 
stood, I cared— that I thought 
it was wonderful that you had 
brought to fulfillment your 
prayer to bring together two 
congregations hostile toward 
each other over a vicious 
church split many years before 
you came to us. You were 
entering the pulpit to bring a 
loving message of reconcili- 
ation to people who had taken 
separate ways, some of whom 
carried bitter hatred. Couldn't 
I have said that I appreciate 
your healing ministry-that I 
admired your courage? 

If I were to say, "I'm sorry," 
you would say, "For what?" 
You overlook ourshortcomings 
and see more good in us than 

is there. Maybe that's a part of 
your deep understanding of 
grace. You continue to love 
people when they block the 
path. You maintain a beautiful 
spirit in spite of obstacles, 
disappointments, and discour- 

A newcomer mentioned to 
me that in your own church 
people don't seem to know 
you for the great minister you 
are recognized to be through- 
out the nation. "The prophet 
is not without honor save in 
his own land." We do take you 
for granted. You are even criti- 
cized sometimes for being 
away from "our" church. 
Your ministry fortunately is 
not bounded by the streets 
surrounding our building. 
Have I told you that I am 
proud you are sought after in- 
terdenominationally and that 
you can bring blessing on col- 
lege and seminary campuses, 
in troubled churches, among 
discouraged pastors? I am glad 
you share your ministry with 
as many as your priority com- 
mitment to "our" church and 
your time and energy permit. 

Your energy seems un- 
limited, and that is a concern. 
How can you keep up this 
pace? On Sunday, perhaps 
after a night on a plane, you 
teach a class of newly weds. 
Then you give yourself totally 
to preaching that is biblically 
profound, made understand- 
able and usable. More than 
likely you and your wife will 
invite to dinner a couple 
having trouble or some lonely 
person. You graciously attend 

the frequent recital, anniver- 
sary, or dedication, then it's 
back to church for the evening 
Bible teaching and afterward 
for treats at someone's home 
because you are fun to be 

There is no letup through 
the week. Surely you get too 
much of committees, board 
meetings, telephone calls, 
"Mickey-Mouse" details, leaks 
in the roof, hurt feelings, staff 
problems, trifles. You don't 
show your disgust. 

Your brilliant mind, linked 
with the heart of a learner, 
wants to study, delving into 
the minds of other thinkers. 
While you must yearn for 
more study time and for the 
writing you want to do, you 
accept the interruptions. When 
I asked if you could see my 
brother, you gave up an after- 
noon to counsel this troubled 
stranger. You owed him 
nothing, but he owes you his 
new lease on life. 

That is another of your 
skills. You give a hurting 
person a new lease on life— 
and, in a way, that is almost 
everyone you meet. You seem 
to assume that everyone 
carries a burden and you per- 
ceive what it is. In turn, 
people know you earnestly 
care for them and so they 
open up to you. You give wise 
counsel and steer a new 

You have the gift of discern- 
ment. You are not to be 
duped or manipulated: you 
can spot someone trying to 
con you, and then you get 

"ion of a love relationship between a pastor and flock. CE wishes to honor and thani< those faithful pastors and church 

^raise of Pastors 

igh. You almost missed on 
Iter, however! We're still 
ghing about how you 
ihtened him with your gruff- 
s when he first met you. 
3 receptionist had called 
J from your study because 
re was another "one of 
ise" asking to see the 
acher. You approached him 
h a stern, "I suppose you 
It money." His trembling, 
0, Sir, I just want someone 

look after my two little 
/s while I find a job," made 
J do a quick about-face, 
u listened, you discerned, 
J acted. 

A/alter, today, is a beautiful 
cess story: no longer a 
tim of alcohol or tobacco, a 
:hful and skilled worker on 

job you found for him, re- 
ted with his wife, the oldest 
I now baptized and the new 
)y dedicated. Walter loves 
tell of his belief in miracles 
;ause of the miracle that 
opened to him. Thank you 

being God's instrument for 
king miracles happen for 
)se like Walter. Thank you 

your compassionate heart 


rhanks for recognizing and 
;wering God's call to you to 
I ministry. No one can 
jbt that call! Thanks for 
jr obedience and sacrifice 
eaving the big church where 
irything spelled success to 
Tie to our torn and bleeding 
jrch where the need for you 
s the greatest. Thanks for 
ieving after six years of 
uggle that you are where 
'd wants you. 

Your untiring spirit, your 
servant heart (you've been 
caught dusting the piano), 
your heart for people, your 
hospital calls and visits to the 
shut-ins, your ministry in crisis 
situations, your pastoral care 
of your flock, your sermons 
and Bible studies and prayer 
times— all these reveal Christ- 
like attributes of one who 
humbly and openly recognizes 
his own feet of clay. 

I'm glad you are neither 
pious nor sanctimonious. But 
you are kind and considerate, 
delightful company in varied 
groupings, interesting and fun 
to be with. In recognizing our 
need for models, you serve as 
one in your roles of husband, 
father, grandpa, citizen, friend. 

Though in no way are you 
narrow in scope, confined by 

clerical draperies, or blind to 
the humanness of us all, yet 
permeating every ounce of 
your being is the one compel- 
ling desire to win people to 
Christ, to disciple us, to 
nurture us in the faith. 

When the going gets rough 
for us, we turn to you. We 
know sometimes the going 
gets rough for you, too, and 
you are the only one in our 
church who does not have a 
pastor. While it would be pre- 
sumptuous for me to offer to 
be a pastor to you, I can be 
your friend. I am grateful I 
have you as my pastor— and 
my friend. 

Have I told you lately that I 
love you? —Edith Clemmons 

© Christianity Today, 1981. Used by per- 

(Continued from page 21) 

people in financial and emotional ways, where once welfare and government 
agencies did something. 

When Mother Teresa was interviewed in Washington about her charity 
mission in Calcutta where so many are starving, the 90-pound Albanian 
woman was asked, "Why don't you use your influence to start a government 
program? You would help so many more people that way." 

Her reply was that she was around to love people, not start programs. And 
she challenged her listeners: "Do something for someone else . . .something 
that goes beyond the realm of a gift, and into the category of a sacrifice . . . 
for the sick, unwanted, crippled, heartbroken, aged or alone." 

Thank you. President Reagan and IVlother Teresa. 

Thank you, Paul and Peter. 

Thank you. Lord. 

We needed the reminder. 

We needed not only to thank those who are volunteering in our churches, 
and doing so much behind the scenes for human needs, but also to challenge 
other readers to slip their hands up and come forward to lend a hand and 
share their love. 

Volunteers are the stuff of organized love, the church. 

CE salutes them and challenges the rest! ■ 

National Men'a 

Invocation and 
Ron Bowland 

Back row: John Miller, Dan McCaulley, Jeff Schultz, Bryon Norris. 
Middle row: Brian Goley, Dick Schultz, Norm McBride, Ron Luginbill, 
Danny Webb, Ron McBride. Front row: Eric Baber, Gary Summers, 
Steve Jackson, Larry Oden, Ron Bowland. 

Testimony— Longtime 

member of church 

Danny Webb 

Testimony— Church 

member less than a 

year— Tom Leitz 

Scripture reading- 
Gary Summers 

Photography by Eric Baber 

by James B. Marshall, pasfo^^jm^jfeal 

Peru Grace Brethren Churchi jofbelic' 
Peru, Indiana mw^ 

It has often been said that the 
greatest, most satisfying worl< in 
the world is to have a part in the 
ministry of the Word of God. I 
believe this is true, not because 
others have said it, but because it I 
a personal experience. In fact, untj 
one experiences the joy, the satis- 
faction, yes, the exhilaration of 
ministering the Word of God to 
others, and sees growth in their 
lives, it is hard to comprehend whfl 
such a statement means. It could 
be compared to the joy of having 
your own children, or, in a more 
intense way , of having your own 
grandchildren, for actually this 
principle of reproduction is at the 

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root of the ministry; it is the warpj jg^^^^ 

and woof, the foundation and 
superstructure of the pastorate, th 
missionary, the Sunday school 
teacher or personal witnessing in 
whatever form it may take. 

This truth was again impressed 
upon my mind on National Men's 
Sunday, November 1 , 1981 , in the, 
Peru Grace Brethren Church. Durirj 
the Sunday school hour almost 
every class was staffed by men. IK 
the morning service two men gave 
personal testimonies: one, from th| 
viewpoint of a person who had 
come into the Grace Brethren 
Fellowship after having spent yearj j 
in a "religious background— empty 
of truth"; the other, a man who hf, 
grown up in the Brethren Church 
The choir was composed of all 
men— about 16. The ushers were 
men. The public address system 
was monitored by men. And 
the scenes were men who had 
served in the youth group and boy 
work. The morning and evening 
messages were given by a Christian 
schoolteacher who is the product ( 
a local Grace Brethren Church. 

guess the thrill of it all lies in \^ 

the last phrase of the above 


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Junday in Review 

ence-"the local church." 
)o we realize the power of a 
y of believers joined together in 
ministry of the Word of God? 
impossible unless we are in one 
involved in it. The men who 
icipated in Laymen's Sunday 
the fruit of many years of local 
ihing and influence by several 
ors and many other people, 
uding national arms such as 
ce Schools, Christian Education 
artment and camp programs. It 
ned to me, as the present 
:or, that on this Sunday we were 
jenly bringing together at one 
the fruit of three decades of 
istry. I was overwhelmed by it 
is I contemplated the potential 
edicated lives, especially men. 
am convinced after over 30 
s of Christian ministry that an 
ctive outreach of the local 
)wship depends upon men who 
dedicated to the Lord, yielded 
'he leading of the Holy Spirit, 
ready to respond to every 
ortunity that God puts before 
But, before this happens, 
e must be solid teaching over a 
od of years at the local level so 
; the leadership of the church 
IBS from within and not from 
lout the group. I fear that 
Ifessionalism and organization 
3 replaced the active partici- 
on of the local people as an 
anism to the detriment of the 
illment of the Great Com- 

t was with great satisfaction 
: I sat in the pew on Sunday 
watched and heard a local 
rch functioning with the wis- 
n of maturity. The Pablum, the 
y diapers, the scoldings, the 
ffed knees, and the weariness of 
dhood days were gone. Why 
iember them? 

^erhaps subjectively I felt my 
)r along with others had not 
n in vain, but, nonetheless, I 
w a church had been born and 
grown up. There is no greater 
III ■ 

Preaching morning and evening- 
Steve Jackson 







Photos by Lloyd Overholz 


Above: Danny Freel being congratulated by Pastor 
Ward Miller. Above right: Chaplain Dave Freel pre- 
senting the GBB neckerchief to his son, Danny. 

by Mike Ostrander 

National Director of GBB 

How does a Grace Brethren Boys 
unit leader maintain the motivation 
of his boys to continue working on 
the advancement requirements for 
their particular rank? Perceptive 
men, such as Commander Ron 
Hartford, and his assistants in 
Osceola, Indiana, realize that 
simply handing a boy his star award 
in a regular unit meeting is just not 
enough. Boys thrive on recognition. 
They need to be praised and told 
that they are doing a good job. 
That will motivate them like 
nothing else will. With this in 
mind , the Osceola men set out to 
make their first awards' ceremony 
something special for the entire 
congregation, not just the boys. 

What if they would hold the 
awards ceremony on a Sunday eve- 
ning, perhaps in conjunction with 
the SMM girls? When approached 
with this idea, Pastor Ward Miller 
was quick to consent and encourage 
the men to "do it up right." In 
fact, he thought it would be nice if 
the awards program could be 
scheduled in conjunction with 
National Men's Sunday, November 
1 . And why not see if the national 
director could be present to assist 
with the program? 

Commander Ron and his co- 
workers also realized the importance 

of having the cooperation of the 
parents in this ministry. With this 
in mind, they structured the pro- 
gram in such a way that the parents 
of the boys being honored were 
also a very vital part of the 
program. Rather than being 
"spectators" in the back of the 
auditorium while their sons were 
honored , the parents were asked to 
come to the platform with their 
sons. There they were introduced 
to Pastor Miller and the national 
director. Following the introduc- 
tions, the accomplishments of the 
boys were listed, then the boys 
were presented, along with their 
parents, for their awards. First, 
the boy's parents were presented 
with their son's neckerchief. Then, 
as one of them placed the scarf 
around his neck, the other parent 
slid the neckerchief slide, which the 
boy had previously made, into 
place. Following that, Commander 
Ron gave the parents the national 
patch and the black star, indicating 
the Greenhorn Rank, which they, 
in turn, presented to their son. 
Several parents have indicated their 
appreciation for being included in 
the awards ceremony. Often, they 
have worked right along with their 
son through the many requirements 
for his rank. The verses and knots 
are as familiar to them as they are 
to the boys. In a very real sense. 

they are a partner in this discipleship 
process, and it's good to know that 
others appreciate their contribu- 
tions. It's a team effort. 

Pastor Ward Miller, and others 
like him, are also a vital part of the 
awards' ceremony. The commanders 
recognize that their pastor simply 
cannot get involved in the detailed 
affairs of the weekly meetings. But 
they know that their pastor is with 
them 100 percent. And because he 
is with them, they know that he is 
grateful for the opportunity to 
personally express his congratu- 
lations to the boys for the successful 
completion of their requirements. 
Pastor Ward also found that it gave 
him an opportunity to meet parents 
that were not a regular part of the 
church family. 

The men in Osceola found that 
one of the side benefits from having 
the award ceremony in front of the 
entire congregation, is the increased 
awareness it gives the people of just 
what Grace Brethren Boys is 
attempting to do on the local level. 
This almost always results in in- 
creased prayer support for the 
leaders as they attempt to minister 
to the boys week after week. But it 
also frequently serves as the spark 
that God fans into a genuine 
burden to become personally 
involved in this exciting ministry. 
Osceola found this to be true. ■ 


Women Manifesting 

Women's Missionary Council of tlie Grace Brethren Church 
Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 


Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590 (Tel. 219/267-7603) 

First Vice President 

Mrs. Robert (Althea) Miller, 5772 Karen Avenue, Cypress, 
California 90630 (Tel. 714/995-6140) 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, 
Ohio 43065 (Tel. 614/881-5779) 


Mrs. Fred (Margie) Devan, Jr., 2507 Vancouver Drive, N.W., 
Roanoke, Va. 24012 (Tel. 703/366-2843) 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Donald (Marilyn) Weltmer, Route No. 1 , Box 131, Ger- 
radstown, W. Va. 25420 (Tel. 304/229-3920) 

Financial Secretary -Treasu rer 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590 (Tel. 219/267-7588) 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Route No. 1, Box 59, Lake 
Odessa, Mich. 48849 (Tel. 616/693-2315) 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route No. 8, Box 297, Warsaw, In- 
diana 46580 (Tel. 219/267-3634) 


Miss Nora Macon, 109 Fourth Street, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590 (Tel. 219/267-7527) 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut Street, Troy, Ohio 
45373 (Tel. 513/335-5188) 


OrflfC ^^'^^^ SCHOOLS: 

$8,500 for three 

upright grand 

pianos for the 

Music Department 

Send before March 10, 1982 




JUtssionary birthdays 

APRIL 1982 

{The current addresses will be four)d on pages 52 and 53 of the 
1982 Grace Brethren Annual.^ 


Rev. Solon Hoyt April 2 

Rev. Ralph Robinson April 6 


Lois Burk April 9, 1989 

Rev. Norman Johnson April 15 

Miss Barbara Hulse April 27 

Mrs. Sandy Farner April 29 

Jonathan Farner April 29, 1971 


Suzanne Mensinger April 9, 1969 

Miss Evelyn Tschetter April 29 


Molly Hudson April 10, 1972 


Miss Edna Haak April 1 

Daniel Pappas April 16, 1981 


Steve Vnasdale April 17, 1970 


Rev. J. Keith Altig April 9 

Mrs. Lenora Williams April 15 



a A Walk Through the Missionary Residence 

by Nora Macon 

The new Missionary Residence is com- 
pleted! IVIiss Ruth Kent and IVIrs. Ada Taber, 
two of our retired missionaries, have moved 
in, and several other missionary families on 
furlough have stayed in it. 

You WMC ladies have contributed $27,000 
(as of December 1, 1981) towards the build- 
ing. Thank you so much! It is a lovely place 
for our missionaries to live while in Winona 

I'd like to take you on a tour of the new 
facility, so meet me at the Missions Building 
and we'll walk back the blacktopped driveway 
to the residence. ^ ^^ A 

m\m ntim <i^ 


It's moving day! As we 
stand at the front door, Mrs. 
Jean Zielasko and Steve Masd 
unload furniture, dishes, and 
other goods from the old 
residence. The campus of 
Grace Schools can be seen in 
the background. Would you 
mind carrying this box? 



All the things are in the 
building. Now for sorting, 
cleaning, and arranging. 


The members of the WMC residence 
committee plus a few friends are here to save 
the day. Ruth Kent, Matt Tusing, Isabelle 
Zimmerman, Dorothy Beaver, and Jean 
Zielasko begin the long process of setting up 
the apartments. 


This is Miss Kent's bedroom that has a full bathroom off 
to the left. She made the lovely quilt on her bed in 1930. 

Miss Kent has invited us to see her 

apartment located on the first 

floor. She already has it arranged. 

There are two doors on the right 

which open into bedrooms; the 

bedroom closer to the kitchen has a 

separate entrance on the main hall 

and can be used as an independent 

living area (it has its own bath). 

All the kitchens are alike, and many have been furnished 
by gifts from WMC ladies. Thanks, Miss Kent, for 
letting us see your home. ^ 






«»«««, m-fl.,. 


This completes the tour. But wait, I hear 
someone calling us. Why, Mrs. Zielasko, what 
are you doing in these stacks of bedding and 
towels? Oh, these are the gifts from the WMC 
ladies across the country. Thanks for showing 
them to us. 

And thank you for letting me guide you 
through the new residence. If you're ever in 
Winona Lake, be sure to stop by to have a 
tour in person. Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions thanks the WMC ladies for their 
financial and prayer support of the new 


Laundry facilities are also 
a vail able do wns fairs. 






Down in the basement is the "All Nations Fellowship Hall. At the far end is a 
nice, large kitchen with a storage area beside it. The fireplace is made of 
natural Indiana stone. If you were to go out the door on the right, you'd find 
yourself on a patio facing a lovely wooded area. 






Dr. Boyer 
at Grace 

by Dr. Charles R. Smith 

Dr. John Whitcomb, at right, presents Dr. James L. Boyer, professor of Greek and 
New Testament, Grace Theological Seminary, with the first copy of the fall issue 
of the Grace Journal which contains a festschrift in his honor. At the end of De- 
cember 1981, Dr. Boyer completed 30 years of teaching. (Photo by Vance Christie) 

The conjunction of his seventieth birthday on July 
31, 1981, his fiftieth wedding anniversary on the 
sanne date, and the arrival of the final sennester of his 
distinguished teaching career encompassing 30 years, 
has made a festschrift in the fall issue of the Grace 
Theological Journal honoring Dr. James L. Boyer un- 
usually appropriate. 

A festschrift is a volume of articles dedicated in 
honor of a colleague. Dr. Boyer's influence as a pro- 
fessor at Grace Theological Seminary for 30 years 
may best be assessed by noting a few statistics. 

Approximately 1 ,000 of his former students are 
involved in pastoral ministries, with more than 300 of 
these serving within the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches. Nearly 200 are missionaries, whose minis- 
tries span the globe, with about 75 serving the 
Foreign Missionary Society of the Grace Brethren 

More than 200 of his students are employed as 
professors or administrators in some 200 Christian 
colleges and seminaries. In addition to his teaching 
and preaching ministries. Dr. Boyer has had an ef- 
fective writing ministry which has extended his influ- 
ence far beyond his personal contacts. 

Throughout the years of his ministry. Dr. Boyer 
has been known for high level of scholarship and for 
his exemplification of Christian graces. If one were to 
challenge his students and colleagues to characterize 
him in one word, there is little doubt what that 
would be— humble. 

All who know him will agree that here is a man 
who God has graced with those qualities of character 
to which all Christians should aspire. In him the 
spiritual graces of longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, 
faithfulness, meekness and temperance have found 
fruition in extraordinary fullness. 

At a seminary honor chapel service, Dr. John Whit- 
comb presented to Dr. Boyer the first copy of the fall 

issue of the Grace Theological Journal. The expanded 
issue of the Journal includes a tribute to Dr. Boyer, a 
biographical sketch, 10 substantive articles on Biblical 
and theological issues, and a number of book reviews. 
Following Dr. Whitcomb's moving presentation, the 
entire faculty and student body spontaneously re- 
sponded with a standing ovation in honor of a be- 
loved friend and professor. As a surprise to her 
husband, Mrs. Boyer was present for the special oc- 

A native of Ashland, Ohio, Dr. Boyer received the 
A.B. degree from Ashland College, attended Ashland 
Theological Seminary, earned the B.D. from Bone- 
brake Theological Seminary, the S.T.M. from the 
Oberlin School of Theology, and the Th.D. from 
Grace Theological Seminary. He has been a professor 
of Greek and New Testament at Grace Seminary since 
1952. He was a pastor from 1934-1950 and still fills 
the pulpit on occasion. 

On July 3, 1931, Dr. Boyer married Velma M. 
Leedy and they have three children, Leo (Winona 
Lake, Ind.), Janet (Kokomo, lnd.),and Donald (War- 
saw, Ind.). The Boyers have eight grandchildren. 

After completion of this final semester at the end 
of December, Dr. and Mrs. Boyer, as they have done 
for several years, will be going to Florida for the 
winter. But they will be back next spring and will 
continue to call Winona Lake their home. Even 
though he will no longer be teaching regularly at 
Grace, he will not be inactive. He will be working on 
a number of projects— including a continuation of his 
study on conditional sentences and a study of parti- 
ciples. He also looks forward to occasionally preach- 
ing whenever possible. 

The entire Grace family and hundreds of his 
friends and former students have joined in expressing 
appreciation to Dr. Boyer for his dedicated scholar- 
ship and his godly example. He will be greatly missed 
at Grace. ■ 

Christian College Choirs -[ 

by Donald E. Ogden 

Professor of Music 
Grace College 

In addition to gospel teanns, 
bands and orchestras, and musical 
groups featuring youth oriented 
contemporary gospel music, most 
Christian colleges send out choirs 
with sacred concert repertories. It 

hears and performs the compositions 
of those who have excelled in the 
field. Familiarity with "great" 
music better qualifies one to 
effectively produce music of any 

Public performance is almost 
mandatory as an incentive to the 
development of the kind of pro- 
ficiency the student needs to 
experience if he is to go out and 

mixing with the public. They 
develop a greater awareness of the 
inter-linking of the body of Christ, 
the family of God so widely dis- 

While on tour students grow 
spiritually through the emphasis on 
the ministry aspect of the whole 
endeavor, and through the group 
Bible study and prayer times that 
are an essential part of the daily 

Grace College Concert Choir, under the direction of Professor Donald E. Ogden, has traveled throughout 
the United States presenting sacred concerts in churches and schools. (Photo by Vance Christie) 

is not likely that any schools send 
these choirs out just because others 
do, but rather for important 

College music training, if com- 
plete, must include exposure and 
participation in samplings of the 
finest expressions of the art. As art 
students examine the paintings and 
sculpture of the master craftsmen, 
as students of writing familiarize 
themselves with works of great 
writers, so the aspiring musician 

function effectively in the use of 
these or other materials either as a 
performer or as a creator (composer, 
arranger, conductor, music minister, 
and so forth) . A display of this 
process before the public attracts 
students who want this kind of 
training, especially as it indicates to 
them the levels of excellence that 
are held up as models. 

Students grow socially through 
tour experiences by working in 
close contact with a group and in 

routine. Close range exposure to 
different churches and pastors 
increases awareness of ministry 
needs and opportunities. The songs 
committed to memory follow the 
student through life and their 
truths often dominate thoughts and 
actions in beneficial ways. 

A choir is a ministry to the 
churches in many ways. If the 
program is wel I chosen , it wi 1 1 offer 
the people an experience in both 
worship (reflecting our fear of God 


xperience and Encouragement 

and His love for us and ours for 
Him) and in Christian fellowship, 
where testimony is given to the 
experience of daily blessings 
through salvation and the walk of 
obedience to His Word. It will also 
instruct in Biblical truth and chal- 
lenge to Christian commitment. 

The musical life of the church 
should get a shot in the arm. All 
choirs benefit by hearing other 
choirs perform. Any church should 
find it helpful when it experiences 
highly specialized preparation of 
dedicated young musicians 
performing sacred music which 
exemplifies musical creativity at its 
best with sound textual bases. 

As visiting ministers are edified 
by their contact with a group of 
God's children, so the host group is 

lifted by the outflow of personal 
warmth and concern of a good 
choir, entirely apart from the music. 
Quite often , those who host the 
choir members receive the greater 
ministry in their homes. 

The church which plays host to 
the Christian college choir is 
probably doing much more than it 
can imagine. While opening itself 
to many benefits, it is also making a 
significant contribution to the 
training and maturing of young 
Christian workers. The church is 
also endorsing and encouraging the 
worth cause of the institution 
represented and it may very well be 
providing for its own young people 
the deciding influence toward their 
own Christian commitment and 

Two selected testimonies follow 
as witness to these points: 

"One of our girls told me she 
expected the choir from Grace to 
be second rate; but after she heard 
it she was impressed with the 
quality and said she thought she 
should go to Grace after all."— /4 
Pennsylvania pastor 

"During the first semester of this 
past year I stagnated in my 
Christian growth. It was during 
choir tour that I started to grow 
again , and that growth led to a 
better second semester for me. I 
believe that it also led me to 
Germany. I am really looking 
forward to choir for this coming 
year."— /A Grace College summer 
missionary to Germany ■ 


Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

THE NOVEMBER 1981 HONOR ROLL is as follows: 

In Memory of: 

Dr. Kenneth Ashman 

Mr. James R. Arnold 
Miss Karen Brunner 
Leiana Weigman 

Opal Beach 
Juanita Holland 
Dorothy Ritter 

Given by: 

Miss Deane L. Kerr 
Grace Brethren Church, 

Davenport, Iowa 
Mrs. Irene Arnold 
Rev. and Mrs. David Colman 
Rev. and Mrs. Clifford L. 

Mr. and Mrs. John D. Hord 
Mr. James Holland and sons 
Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Taylor 

News Notes 


Grace College Director of Placement Lee Jenkins 
reports that over half of the graduating class of 1981 
responded to a recent survey. Of the 42 teacher edu- 
cation graduates, 28 responded, with all but 9 indi- 
cating employment in the major field. Three are cur- 
rently attending graduate school full time. 

Sixty-nine of the 116 non-teacher education grad- 
uates replied to the survey. Six are in graduate school, 
34 are employed in the area of their college major 
and 24 are employed in other fields. 


Grace College Library has received a gift of 103 
volumes from the personal library of Dr. Robert 
Liddell Lowe, retired professor of English at Purdue 
University and mentor of Dr. Myron Yeager, associate 
professor of English at Grace. The books are primar- 
ily in the field of literary criticism and deal with such 
writers as Tennyson, Auden, Millay, Coleridge, Eliot, 
Yeats, Lowell, and others. Four of the volumes are 
important first editions which Librarian Robert Ibach 
plans to place in the Rare Book Room. 



April 2.^^2 

Don't Miss it! 

for more information, ^*'^'— '-^ 

Grace Tours 



Winona Lake, IN 46590 



A total of 52 education majors from the college 
completed their student teaching this fall, from Sep- 
tember 17 to November 20. Twenty-four students in- 
structed in 12 junior and senior high schools and 28 
taught in 13 elementary schools. Dr. Bruce Alcorn, 
chairman of the Grace Education Department, says 
that the student teachers experienced full-time re- 
sponsibilities in the classroom for the nine-week 
period, including: being in the classroom whenever 
the regular teachers were there, taking over the teach- 
ing of the class entirely after a period of observing 
and aiding, and being at all night-time activities the 
regular teachers were required to attend. 

i ^« •! ^ 

Your Company 


This past year GRACE SCHOOLS 
received more than 


from the employers of many 
of our friends. 

Check your employer or company 

to see if they will match your 

gift to Grace Schools. 

For more information write: 


Development Office 

Grace Schools 

Winona Lake, Indiana 


wtrrnm iii ii 

(Continued from page 20) 


Dr. Robert B. Collitt, stewardship counselor for the 
Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service, will be 
speaking at the following Grace Brethren churches: 

Bellflower Brethren Church, 9405 E. Flower St., Bell- 
flower, Calif., March 7-10. Edwin Cashman, pastor. 

Community Grace Brethren Church, 5885 Downey 
Ave., Long Beach, Calif., March 14-17. Howard Altig, 


1 Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 
COFFMAN, Clifford M., Nov. 16. He was a very faithful 
member of the Community Brethren Church, Los Angeles, 
Calif., and was the father of Clifford Coffman who is pastor- 
Ingthe Rainbow Grace Brethren Church in Hawaii, 

A most fitting memorial fund has been established for the 
ongoing educational development of Brethren Home mission- 
aries. Frank Coburn, pastor. 

GRIM, Mrs. Earl, Winchester, Va. Service was conducted by 
Pastor Paul Dick on Nov. 9. 

HUMBERD, John M., 57, Dec. 8. He was an elder and faith- 
ful member of the Vicksburg Grace Brethren Church, Holli- 
daysburg. Pa. Robert Griffith, pastor. 

SHIVELY, Hazel, 89, Nov. 27, well-known artist who has 
painted baptistry scenes for Brethren churches across the 
nation. She was an excellent artist and a faithful Christian 
who exhibited the love of the Lord. 

SHUMAKER, Mildred, Nov. 28, Grace Brethren Church of 
Greater Washington, Washington, D.C. James Dixon, pastor. 
WHEELER, Wayne, 76, Nov. 4, a faithful member of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Sterling, Ohio, since 1933. Gerald 
Kyser, pastor. 

Change yeur annual 

Belohlavek, Robert, pg. 107 (correct spelling). • 
William H. Crabbs, 1030 Tener St., Apt. 2, Johns- 
town, Pa. 15904. • Kent Good's (pg. 53) zip code 
should be 71100. • Gregory Howell, 316 N.E. High 
St., Goldendale, Wash. 98620. • Harry Nonne- 
macher, 1962 E. Maiden St., Washington, Pa. 15301. 
• Bruce Paden (pg. 122), 1936 S.E. 50th, Portland, 
Oreg. 97215. • Richard Placeway, 371 Penryn Rd., 
Manheim, Pa. 17545. • Ralph Robinson Rt. 7, Lot 
1, R Bar Estates, Okeechobee, Fla. 33472. • Randy 
Senior, P.O. Box 55, c/o Bob Martin, Bentonville, Va. 
22610. • John J. Sholly, 909 E. Lyon St., Des 
Moines, Iowa 50316 (Tel. 515/262-5290). • Lester 
Vnasdale (pg. 53), 940 Chemin Thibault, No. 109, 
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, J1H 3B2. • The tele- 
phone number for the Des Moines, Iowa, church is 
515/262-5290. ■ 




by Jesse B. Deloe 

A new project has been developed through the coopera- 
tion of three Grace Brethren agencies, interested personnel 
from Grace Theological Seminary, the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Co. (publishers of BMH Books), and Grace Brethren 
Foreign Missions have formed a European Literature Com- 
mittee to provide Brethren literature in the languages of the 
people for use in Europe and ultimately in countries on 
other continents as well. 

A number of BMH books can be found in European 
bookstores at present, but these are all in English and thus 
restricted in usage. Grace Seminary began extension classes 
at the Chateau de Saint-Albain, and the influence of Breth- 
ren interests is spreading widely and quickly in several 
countries of Europe. 

No great Christian movement in Europe has ever pro- 
ceeded without a strong literature movement, and it is the 
committee's desire to provide high quality, true-to-the Bible 
pamphlets and books. 

We have adopted a name and logo: KARIS EUROPA, 
Grace Europublications, and our literature will be marked 
with this identifying label. Already, books in English are 
being shipped to Europe, and the translation of a number 
of brochures and books is underway. The initial distribu- 
tion center will be the Brethren mission work at the 
Chateau de Saint-Albain in France. 

One of the early goals is to have material available when 
Dr. John Whitcomb ministers in Europe this spring. Dur- 
ing his sabbatical semester from Grace Seminary, he will be 
teaching extensively, and we hope to have many of his 
books available at that time along with basic position 
papers in French and German. . 

How can you help? 

First, you can pray for wisdom in determining what 
materials to translate and for those doing the translation 
work. Pray that this literature will be helpful in reaching 
people for Christ and establishing new believers. 

Second, you might consider a generous gift to this 
project. All three agencies are committed to the goal of 
providing such literature for Europe but none has sufficient 
budget resources to make it possible. A special fund has 
been established at the Brethren Missionary Herald Co. to 
receive gifts designated for "European Literature." All such 
gifts should be sent to P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 
46590, and are eligible for a tax deductible receipt. 

What an encouragement it will be to the 100 Grace 
Brethren missionaries in Europe (that's the goal for 1990!) 
to have quality, sound literature for their use in ministering 
to the peoples of Europe! 

Thanks, Brethren, for praying and giving! ■ 

The Brethren Board 
of Evangelism 

Has a 




Soitl-w^iititiitg and Oro^vth 

in Brethren Churches 


Rev. Ron Thompson, Hollins, VA • Rev. Edward Lewis, Margate, FL 
Joe Dombek, Winona Lake, IN • Dr. J. Keith Altig, Whittier, CA 
Mr. Charles Ditto, Hagcrstown, MD • Mr. Mel Garber, Union, 
OH • Rev. Vernon Harris, Lancaster, PA • Mr. Donald E. 
Kendall, Hagerstown, MD • Mr. Robert Lapp, New 
Holland, PA • Rev. Ron Picard, Union, OH 
Rev. H. Don Rough, Johnstown, PA • Rev. 
John Willett, Columbus, OH • Dr. Bob 
CoUitt, Exec. Director 

". . . ourselves your servants 

for Jesus" sake" 

(2 Cor. *:5). 




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Reflections By StJH Waters 

Charles W. Turner 


The generic line is one of 
the hottest merchandising 
ideas in years. This line is a 
no-name, plain package 
product which sells for a re- 
duced price. Our family has 
discovered generics and has 
used them with mixed results. 
You can buy just about any 
food product in the plain 
black and white package. All 
the help you get is the name 
of the product on the label. 
Peas, corn, crackers, laundry 
detergents, greeting cards, and 
many other items come in this 
form of packaging. 

I recently stopped at a 
grocery store where they had 
isolated all of the generics into 
one section. All you could see 
for aisle after aisle was black 
and white containers. It was a 
little difficult to find what 
you were looking for in the 

sea of sameness. Everything 
v^as "look-a-iike," and i 
missed the red and green and 
all of the muiticoiored packag- 
ing to which i have become 
accustomed. But the price 
seemed to be right and i pur- 
chased a few of the items, but 
the fun of shopping v^as some- 
how missing. 

One of our first household 
experiments into generic 
products was in dog food. 
Princess, our four-year-old 
peek-a-poo, reads very poorly 
for her age so we purchased a 
plain black and white can of 
dog food for her. I tried to 
keep the can hidden to conceal 
the fact that a cheaper product 
was to become her lot in life. 
It worked. She seems to 
enjoy her 6:30 a.m. breakfast 
as much as normal. One of 
these days I intend to use the 
ultimate test and tell her 
about it and see what her 
reaction will be at that time. 

Now that generic vitamins 
and drugs have been accepted, 
more food-floor space has 
been made available for this 
type of merchandise which 
also indicates its acceptance. 
Just this past week there was 
an ad on TV for generic carpet 
(I hope it comes in something 
other than black and white). 
But generic religion has been 
around for years, in fact, this 
is probably where the whole 
idea originated. 

Generic church activities are 
just about the same as all other 
brands. They come in very 
unexciting, drab and colorless 
packages. The outside of the 
container is not very attractive. 

usually the trim on the church 
has not been repainted for 
years and the paint is peeling. 
The parking lot has limited 
gravel or cracked blacktop, and 
the lawn is mowed every two 
or three weeks whether it needs 
it or not. 

Generic services start with 
the song leader, five minutes 
before service time, racing 
through the book to pick out 
the hymns for the day. Unseen 
to all but himself, the pastor 
is folding the freshly run 
bulletins at the same time. 
Someone has just reported 
there is a need to combine two 
Sunday school classes because 
one of the primary teachers 
has not shown up as yet. 

The generic church has a 
few fuzz balls of dirt under 
the pews and in the corners 
of the lobby. Also, the heat is 
so high an equator-dweller 
would use a fan, or so cool 
that an Eskimo would call his 
heating and appliance service- 
man for help. Then to the 
message— which today is 
entitled, "Simple Lessons in 
Godly Living." It contains 19 
separate points and 50 Scrip- 
ture references— all uncompli- 
cated and easily remembered. 
But it is reasonable in price, 
and the package is in black 
and white! The total program 
of the church meets the needs 
of most people because they 
have already decided to lead 
generic lives anyway. So, the 
next time you pass the shelves 
of all the generic, reasonably 
priced products, it just might 
be a mirror in which we see 


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by H. Armstrong Roberts 

reported in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1947 

Sunday school attendance at the Winona Lake Brethren Church, 
Winona Lake, Ind., averaged 101 for the month.,.. The First 
Brethren Church of Wooster, Ohio, became a self-supporting church 
and no longer needed Home Missions' support. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1967 

The Grace Brethren Church of Beaverton, Oreg., pastored by 
Luke Kauffman, discovered that their evangelist Robert Thompson 
and his wife, Betty, were celebrating their twenty-third anniversary 
and had a surprise party for them.. . .The Indian Heights Grace 
Brethren Church of Kokomo, Ind., pastored by Herman Hein, went 
self-supporting. . . . Guest musician for the Northern Ohio Laymen's 
Rally at Ashland, Ohio, was Dave Seifert, trombonist and music 
director of the Gallon, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1977 

Chaplain John B. Patrick attended orientation sessions on Chris- 
tian Education at the time he was stationed at Fort Meade, Md. . . . 
The Grace Brethren Church of Fremont, Ohio, sold their old church 
building and looked forward to occupying the new sanctuary. 


Dear Readers, 

Thank you so nnuch for your help and response to the 
appeal for funds to pay for our new press. The gifts con- 
tinue to come in from all over the country. You helped 
take care of a year's principal payments and greatly reduce 
the interest charges. 

The year of 1981 is now history and BMH had another 
banner year of income. Again, thanks so much for every- 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth E. Herman 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 

Christian Education: 

Knute Larson 

Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 

Grace Brethren Men: 

Harold Hollinger 

Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., Don Cramer 

Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 

Women's Missionary Council: 

Nora Macon 


Volume 44 

Number 3 

larch 1982 


4 Missionaries Without Visas 

7 Contributors IVIake It Possible 

8 Learning to Wait on the Lord 

10 Working Across Cultures at the Navajo 

12 Brethren Biblical Seminary Open in the 

14 From Elephants to Turtles . . . 

18 Don't Forget Us . . . Pray for Us! 

19 /Ic'cenf on Youth 

20 Feeling Like a Leader . . . Treated Like a 

25 Father Love Is Reigning 

26 Columbus East Side Tackles the Logan 

28 Grace Brethren Men and Boys 

Contribution Report 
30 SMM Girl of the Year 
36 Pursuing Priorities: Campaign Receives 

Encouraging Response 
38 Renovated Seminary Lounge 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 23 • 

Missionaries Without Visas: 

operation White Fields 


by Pastor Ed Jackson 

Yes, true missionaries but 
with no visas. As a matter of 
fact, they are sent out without 
any support and under no 
board or missions council. 
Their salary is by faith. They 
even pay their own expenses 
to get to the field. These mis- 
sionaries are volunteers who 
have left comfortable homes 
and secure jobs to relocate in 
an area where a Grace Breth- 
ren church is being established. 

Upon arrival on the field, 
the responsibility of housing is 
theirs plus finding a way to 
keep body and soul together. 
They must go to work in this 
new community, coping with 
a new culture and a different 
way of life. 

Since the move is so costly 
and the length of the trip so 
long, only the bare essentials 
make the move. They not 
only have to find their own 
housing, but, also, at first there 
will be no furniture unless some- 

one has a spare chair. The beds 
are sleeping sacks on the floor 
or a neighbor's extra bed. 
There might not be a table 
either, but usually a stove and 
refrigerator are available. There 
is a great possibility that their 
menu will consist of clams, 
dug at the beach, or salmon 
and halibut, with maybe some 
crab meat for variety. The 
vegetables they use come from 
virgin soil which they have 
broken up and grubbed 
through to find their edibles. 
Then there is the moose and 
the bear that the Lord pro- 

You might ask why these 
people would leave their 
families, friends, and good 
jobs, tearing up deep roots and 
travel some 5,000 miles to 
what would appear to be a 
very uncertain future. These 
people are following the call 
of God. 

What they are doing is not 
something new or fanatical. 

They are following the ex- 
amples of Priscilla and Aquile 
as God used them to assist 
Paul in his church planting 
journey. They are Priscillas 
and Aquilas, helping in 
"Operation Whitefields." An^ 
would you believe that their ' 
house, without furniture, 
many times becomes the mee- 
jng place for a Bible class in 
that community. Strange? I 
think not, for again they are 
only following the example se 
by their forerunners (see Ron 
16:3-5, and 1 Cor. 16:19). 
Church planting today is no 
different than when Paul 
founded the church at Corint 
(Acts 18:1-3). 

These present-day mission- 
aries live in Homer, Alaska. I 
won't be long before Operatio 
Whitefields take them to 
Kodiak and Cordovia. The 
Homer church is already look 
ing to reach out in their area 
to minister by boat and by 
radio to those who live so 
remote that they cannot comi 
to worship. 

Much prayer is requested 
and appreciated for these 
modern-day Priscillas and 
Aquilas, for they are, as Paul 
so well said, ". . . my helpers 
Christ Jesus: who have for m' 
life laid down their own neck 
. . . Likewise greet the church 
that is in their house" (Rom. 

Homer, Alaska, is the first 
step in Operation Whitefields 
toward establishing other 
churches in the state of Alaskc 
Our goal is three churches by 

God's blessings upon the 
first step in Operation White- 
fields are many. The first 
congregational meeting of the 
Kachemak Bay Grace Brethre 
Church (at Homer, Alaska) 
was a prayer meeting, held or 
the church's property, with 
seven people attending. The 
next time we met, we held a 
prayer meeting in a 37-foot 
fishing vessel called the "Dori 

" There were eight in 
tendance and someone 
narked, "Well, we are all in 
3 same boat!" The "Doris 
' became the home of 
stor and Mrs. Jackson for 
3 next three months. 
Immediately we started 
Iding our church services in 
3 empty apartment of Jim 
d Sheryl Jackson. At our 
St church service, we sat on 
I chests and packing boxes. 
le congregation continued to 
)w and then in August we 
3ved the church services to 
3 mobile home of Pastor 
:kson, located on the 
urch property. The record 
:endance in the Jackson's 
me was 35. 

On October 18, 1981, a 
ubie-wide trailer chapel 
wed onto the property, 
idy for use. This came 
Dut through the efforts of 
3 Northwest District, Worth- 
|ton GBC, Brethren Home 
ssions, and the Brethren In- 
;tment Foundation. Our 
3t service in the chapel 
Dught 42 people. On 
•vember 8 we hit another 
|h of 44 in the morning 
vice and in the afternoon 
dication service there were 
people present. 
Jesus said, "Lift up your 
3s, and look on the fields; 
■ they are white already to 
^est" (John 4:35). You 
ow. He was right! 
With a pastor and two 
nilies (Priscillas and Aquilas) 
can start a church, wherever 
might lead us! The 
chemak Bay GBC was 
rted in just that manner. 
I pray for pastors and 
scillas and Aquilas to come 
J start churches in Fair- 
iks, Kodiak, Cordovia, 
Tlichik or wherever the 
rd will lead. 

For further information, 
!ase contact Pastor Ed 
:kson, Kachemak Bay Grace 
3thren Church, P. 0. Box 
49, Homer, Alaska 99603. ■ 

BHIMC Update 

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Kachemak Bay GBC Gets a New Worship Center 

It was a step of faith, but the Kachemak Bay Grace Brethren Church, 
Homer, Alaska, felt God was leading them to purchase a $40,000 
double-wide church chapel last summer. 

With only a gift of $1 ,000 toward the purchase, the congregation of 
12 approved the purchase on July 5, 1981. Within two hours, they 
learned the Northwest District conference, meeting at Anchorage, 
Alaska, had voted to give $20,000 toward the chapel. Church members 
were also later informed that the Grace Brethren Church of Worthing- 
ton, Ohio, would arrange for the balance, or it would be available 
through the Brethren Investment Foundation (BIF), through their in- 
vestment of funds. 

The Ohio church did deposit some funds in the BIF to help them 
secure the loan. 

With a sanctuary that seats 80 comfortably, the double-wide chapel 
meets the needs of the growing home missions church. There are also 
four large Sunday school rooms plus a large nursery and rest room fa- 

New Promotional 
Secretary Announced 

Liz Cutler became the 
Council's new promotional 
secretary on December 28, 
1981 . She assumes the role of 
Brad Skiles who resigned to 
move to Modesto, California. 
Cutler joins the Home IVlis- 
sions' team with a strong 
background in journalism. 
After graduating from Grace 
College in 1977, Liz worl<ed 
16 months for The Papers, 
Incorporated, a shopper, origi- 
nating from Milford, Indiana, 
in September of 1978, Liz 
became a reporter for the 
Warsaw (Indiana) Times 
Union. During her four years with the Times Union, Liz was promoted 
to associate editor and was responsible for courthouse news and police 
reporting, as well as feature writing and editing assignments. 

Liz's spiritual "qualifications" for this new job are traced back to 
the Wooster, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church where she accepted Christ at 
age seven. Growing up in a Christian home Liz became a member of the 
Wooster church and then later transferred her membership to the 
Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church in Winona Lake, Indiana. At the 
Winona Lake GBC she is active in the career Sunday school class and is 

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a member of the communications commission. She is also involved in 
the Indiana District WMC, serving as editor of the biannual Gazette. 

With a college degree in speech communications and a minor m 
journalism, Liz is continuing her education by pursuing a master s de- 
gree in journalism. She is also involved in teaching a journalism class 
during the 1982 spring semester at Grace College and serves as advisor 
for the college's newspaper. . ■ »u 

Liz was offered the promotional job with Home Missions during the 
fall of 1981 but at that time turned it down. Recalling the incident 
that changed her mind, Liz says: "It was a Friday night when we had to 
work late to put the Saturday paper out. I was called to the scene of a 
two-fatality accident where a drunk driver missed a stop sign and 
plowed into an embankment at a high rate of speed. 

"As I was leaving the accident," continues Liz, "I thought, There 
went another person to hell.' I decided that if by working with Home 
Missions I could prevent people from going to hell, then that's where I 

wanted to be." 

The Brethren Home Missions Council is glad that Liz reconsidered 
the Home Missions' offer and welcomes her to our church-planting 

Jenkins Begins 
Board Term 

Rev. C. Lee Jenkins of Winona 
Lake, Indiana, has been named to 
serve on the board of directors of The 
Brethren Home Missions Council, Inc. 
He replaces Rev. Kenneth L. Teague, 
of the Ghent Grace Brethren Church, 
Roanoke, Virginia, whose term ex- 

Director of Placement for Grace 
College and Seminary, Winona Lake, 
Indiana, since 1979, Jenkins has been 
a faculty member there since 1973. He 
has served as chaplain, director of 
Christian service and as an instructor in the seminary, and presently 
teaches in the college psychology department. 

He feels that the seven years he has chaired the committee on Pastor- 
less Churches and Available Men for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches will give him a good background for serving on the board. 
Having the right man to establish a work is a top priority of the Coun- 
cil, he feels. "There are always people," he says, "but you need a man 
who is attuned to the needs of the church, who has financial abilities, 
and who has abilities in assessing people." 

A native of the Dayton, Ohio, area, Jenkins is retired from the U.S. 
Navy, having served 17 years as a member of the Chaplain Corps. He 
also served nine years in the U.S. Marine Corps. 

He and his wife, Janis, are members of the Winona Lake (Indiana) 
Grace Brethren Church, where he serves on the Christian education 
committee. He is also vice chairman of the board of directors of Grace 

He holds a B.A. degree from Grace College and a M.Div. from Grace 
Theological Seminary, and recently completed a M.S. in Education 
from St. Francis College, Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

Debt Burned at Galion, Ohio 

The Galion, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church celebrated the final pay- 
ment on their BIF loan by burning the mortgage papers. The October 
11, 1981, "bond" fire occurred during their Sunday morning service 
and represented the pay back of a $55,000 construction loan. 

Galion GBC is one of some 160 Grace Brethren churches that have 

received financing from the Brethren In- 
vestment Foundation. Most loans made 
to GBCs are for the purchase of property 
or for first-unit construction. 

In today's economy, a 9 or 10 percent 
BIF loan results in an enormous savings in 
interest expense. It's not uncommon for 
young growing churches to save $150,000 
or more by utilizing the services of the 
Brethren Investment Foundation. 
For more information, write; 
Brethren Investment Foundation 
P. O. Box 587 
Winona Lal<e, Indiana 46590 

Hazel Shively Called Home 

During a career that spanned more 
than 50 years. Hazel Shively painted an 
untold number of baptistry pictures for 
Grace Brethren churches across the 

Following several years of illness, the 
Lord called her home at the age of 89 on 
November 27, 1981. 

From her Los Angeles studio. Hazel 
painted for more than 50 years, not retir- 
ing until her eightieth birthday. Her work 
ranged from china painting to large 
murals. She often painted the baptistry 
scenes at cost to the local church, giving 
her talents as a gift. 

Memorial services were held on De- 
cember 2, 1981, in the Coon and Souder 
Mortuary Chapel in Long Beach, Cali- 
fornia, with the Rev. Alan Herr officiat- 
ing. Private interment was held at the 
Roosevelt Memorial Park in Los Angeles. 

A memorial fund in her honor has 
been established at the Brethren Home 
Missions Council. Proceeds will be used to 
further the church planting effort; a work 
that Hazel greatly loved. ■ 

Part IV 
Creating a Winning Team 

Many groups share in the success 
of Brethren Honne Missions. Home 
Mission pastors and wives are in the 
field worl<ing hard. Local churches 
and district mission boards help ini- 
tiate new churches. Various FGBC 
boards have specific ministries to 
Home Mission churches. And gener- 
ous contributors make it all pos- 

The Brethren Home Missions 
Council is reminded each year that 
the gifts from many generous breth- 
ren keep us in the church planting 
business. As we closed our 1981 
financial records, we were humbled 
by the strong offering supporting 
our work. Brethren gave $939,672 
to Home Missions during 1981, a 
remarkable offering, especially con- 
sidering the financial hardships ex- 
perienced by many. 

It might be easy for us to take 
our contributors for granted. Many 
we never meet personally, and they 
are always willing to support a new 
church. But at Brethren Home Mis- 
sions, we want to treat them extra 
special. We want to recognize the 
unseen foundation that allows us to 
build a ministry. And we want to 
say "thanks." 

BHMC contributors do more 
than fill out offering envelopes. 
They stay informed of Home Mis- 
sions news and pray regularly for 
our work. The Home Missions' bur- 
den to reach new families, singles, 
and communities for Christ drifts 
into the lives of our contributors 
and they begin to establish Great 
Commission priorities. They be- 
come involved in the growth of 
their local church and take a special 
interest in their church's church- 
planting involvement. 

Because our contributors are 
faithful prayer partners, we're able 
to make great strides in church 
planting. The recent developments 
in New England reflect prayer 
power. Once an area foreign to 
Grace Brethren churches. New 
England now has three Grace Breth- 
ren churches with more on the way. 
The Newport, Vermont, Grace 



Brethren Church, our newest New 
England church, began last fall with 
a membership of 35. 

The explosive growth in Grace 
Brethren church planting in Florida 
and California is the result of com- 
mitted brethren praying for the Sun 
Belt areas. In the last two years, 
five new Home Mission churches 
have sprouted in Florida, and Cali- 
fornia has produced four. 

G u I f vi ew 
Church at 
Port Richey, 
Florida, and 

the Riverside, California, Grace 
Brethren Church are dramatic ex- 
amples of how God is blessing our 
work in the Sun Belt. Both churches 
are 1980 Home Mission points and 
both have rapidly grown to over 
100 people attending Sunday morn- 
ing services. 

Supporters of Brethren Home 
Missions are glad to be a part of a 
national church-planting program. 
They are thrilled when we can tap 
fast -growing areas and open up new 
frontiers. But they are equally as 
pleased to know that we are har- 
vesting in the Midwest, East, and 
Plains states— wherever we can find 
a concentration of people needing 
the Gospel and needing to be dis- 
cipled. With the backing of prayers, 
we are seeing a strong GBC develop 
in Cincinnati, Ohio. Lexington, 
Kentucky, is off to a good start; 
and we're excited about the new 
Bible classes and churches under- 
way in Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

Our contributors are also inter- 



ested in the management of this 
ministry. They pray for the admin- 
istrative staff, board members, and 
field secretaries as they constantly 
seek to improve methods and in- 
crease efficiency. They rejoice with 
us when Home Mission churches 
reach self-supporting levels, like the 
19 churches that have grown to this 
level since 1979. 

BHMC contributors are proud of 
their participation in Brethren 
Home Missions— and rightly so, 
they're a part of a winning team. 
They are, in fact, the core of our 

BHMC contributors may not 
read their names in the Herald, or 
see their faces in slide-tapes, but 
they are our most valuable assets. 
Without their help, we wouldn't 
have Brethren Home Missions. And 
to our faithful contributors, we say 




of the 

Learning to Wait on the Lord 

by Tom Hughes, pasfor 

Sour/7 Bay Grace Brethren Church 
Torrance, California 

This is an "instant" society we live in. We have in- 
stant coffee, instant tea, instant soup; and now with 
TV, we can have instant church! Despite the fact 
that we are to "fight," to "work," to "put on," and 
"wall<." We must return to God's methods and mes- 
sages. To put it into proper perspective, we must 
learn to "wait upon the Lord." 

Job said "... I would seek God, . . . who does 
great and unsearchable things, wonders 
_\ without number, .... So that He sets 

on high those who are lowly, and 
those who mourn are lifted to 
safety" (5:8-11 NASB). The 
basis for my challenge is 
found in Isaiah 40:28- 

What's involved 

in "waiting 

upon the 

Lord"? The 

■■ i-i _i-i .MiimiM^m. ■'v very term 

The root 
word comes to 
mean "binding to 
gether" (done by 
twisting) and im- 
plies firmness 
and constancy 
of mind with a 
hope in someone 
or something. 
Let's look at what 
is involved in wait- 
ing upon the Lord! 

(1) It Is a Time of 
Patience: "Rest in the 
Lord and wait patiently 
Him" (Ps. 37:7). This 
cult in our "instant" society! Emerson 

wrote: "A man is a hero, not because he is braver 
than anyone else, but because he is braver 10 minutes 
longer." The Hebrew letter stresses: "For ye have 
need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of 
God, ye might receive the promise" (10:36). We are 
like the man who prayed, "I asked for patience last 
night. What's the holdup?" 

(2) It is a Time of Persecution: We cry out as the 
Psalmist did: '^1 am Thine, save me . . .the wicked 
wait... to destroy me" (119:94-95 NASB); "they 

attack they watch my steps As they have 

waited' to take my life" (56:6 NASB). And when per- 
secution comes, we panic. The problem becomes 
worse; we quit and our testimony fails! The world of 
"instant" everything takes over and we become in- 
effective! We forget God's past dealings with us: "I 
have been young, and now I am old; yet I have not 
seen the righteous forsaken" (Ps. 37:25). We should 
realize that persecution is needed to conform us to 
His image! We should respond as did Hosea: "Return 
to your God . . . and wait for your God continually" 

(3) It Is a Time of Prayer: We aren't to be anxious 
for anything! We are to "let our requests be known." 
In our "instant" living there is little time for prayer! 
S. D. Gordon said that the great men of prayer are 
those who don't talk about it or write much about 
it-they just do it! We usually offer up "rush-job" 
requests and wonder why we're not receiving an- 
swers! "Lead me in Thy truth, and teach me . . . on 
Thee I wait all the day" (Ps. 25:5). That is waiting 
upon the Lord! 

(4) It Is a Time of Praise: "I will give Thee thanks 
forever, because Thou hast done it . . . and I will wait 
on Thy name" (Ps. 52:9). Our ministry as priests in- 
cludes the sacrifice of praise. It was my privilege to 
speak on this subject at national conference and as a 
result of my study I have learned afresh the meaning 

"praise the Lord." It is not lip service, but a dedi- 
cation— a continual offering to Him in rever- 
ence and thanksgiving! 




they "shall renew their strength." The 
Psalmist said: "Wait for the Lord; be strong, let your 
heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord" (27:14). 
We should seek His strength, not the "instant" kind 
of vitamins and push-ups! Jesus said that we could do 
absolutely nothing without Him. It would seem that 
we would get the message! 

(6) It Is a Time of Promise: "Indeed, none of 
those who wait for Thee will be ashamed" (Ps. 25:3). 
After a donkey got Balaam's attention, he preached: 
"God is not a man , that He should lie . . . has He said , 

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isn^t always a 
pleasant business . . . 

But seriously folks— 

The growing church faces problems. Overcrowded sanctuaries. Lacl< of facilities. Non-existent 
parking space. Growth is often the only way a church can continue to function effectively. But 
expansion is frequently out of the small churches' grasp due to sky-high interest rates. 

We at the BIF are doing our best to eliminate that problem. By offering our growth loans ex- 
clusively to Grace Brethren Churches at 3%-5% below the usual rate, we can literally save a 
church hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

The BIF stands for a dynamic Grace Brethren Fellowship. Invest in an outreach. Invest in the 
Brethren Investment Foundation. 


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Working Across Cultures 

Mary and Bud Thompson 

at the Navajo Mission 

by Liz Cutler 

Promotional Secretary 

Raymond (Bud) Thompson compares the 
Navajo Mission at Counselor, New Mexico, to 
a foreign mission field. "It is cross-cultural 
work," he says. "The problems brought 
about working across cultures are there— the 
customs, the language problems, family rela- 
tionships, and the real need for patience; on 
our part and their part, because we are 

While only a staff member at the mission 
since August 1 980, Thompson served for 1 3 
years as administrative assistant at Brethren 
Foreign Missions. It has given him a unique 
position from which to view his work as a 
church planter with the Navajo Indians. 

At Foreign Missions, he counseled with 
missionary candidates, advising them of 
potential problems culturally and helping 
them set goals. "I have not changed my views 
at all," says Thompson. "Any background I 
had in foreign missions has been a real asset," 
he adds, noting that it has helped him and his 
wife, Mary, in understanding and accepting 
some of the things they encounter in their 
work at the mission. 

Although his major area of responsibility is 

church planting, Thompson also serves as 
chaplain of the mission school, where he 
teaches Bible. His wife works to promote the 
mission and the school through the Desert 
Rain and writing letters to churches. She is 
also teaching an elective class on Christian 
service to six high school students and 
monitors four high school study halls. She 
also tries to get to the churches with her 
husband, working particularly with the 
women's groups. 

As a church planter, Thompson counsels 
with the pastors of three Navajo churches, 
takes part in church services, including the 
evangelistic tent meetings, and visits the sick. 
His only regret is that he does not speak the 
Navajo language, and must rely on fellow 
missionary Phil Lesko for translation. "When 
we go out among people, immediately they 
(the Navajos) warm up to him. He speaks 
Navajo. There are so few Anglos who do," 
Thompson says. 

"It was our contention at foreign missions 
that even when we go into a bilingual area, 
such as the Mexican border area, that effective 
work must be done in the heart language," he 
notes. "People respond to their own language, 
even though they do understand English. I've 
seen this reinforced time after time." 

For that reason, he has recommended that 
new church planters sent to the mission first 
spend a year in language study. "My own 
feeling is that any real, in-depth planting 
ministry must be done in Navajo," he adds. 

The couple has spent time on their own 
learning the language and are investigating the 
possibilities of a "crash" program this summer. 

Much of Thompson's church planting 
ministry is centered on the Navajo campsite 
meetings, where he works with Lesko. He 
describes their strategy of church planting as 
"working with people in the campsites; 
evangelizing them with the objective of 
bringing them to the place where they recog- 
nize their being part of the Body." The 
people are also given opportunity to exercise 
the gifts of the spirit, show concern for one 
another and reaching out to others. 

The work among the Navajos is slow. In 
their family-oriented society, the concept of 
church differs considerably from what others 
across the country have come to expect, 
according to Thompson. "They like to have a 
little church in their family camp," he notes, 
noting the people often do not have a vision 
for the family camp 50 miles down the road. 

He stresses that some individuals do have a 
vision for the Navajo nation, but most do not. 
"As long as we can provide something that is 
within their camp group, they are all for it," 
he says. "But when you think of outreach to 
the Navajo nation, they really haven't caught 
the vision for it. 

"In many respects, we've just gotten started 
(in the church planting ministry)," says 
Thompson, recalling the early days of the 
mission when most of the efforts were 
humanitarian. "Our churches maybe would 
not be recognized by our other churches of 
our fellowship— as formed churches— but 
they are," notes Thompson. "They are 
fellowship groups. They are studying the 
Word together." 

In addition to the established churches at 
Cedar Hill and Day Mesa, New Mexico; and 
Red Lake, Arizona, Lesko carries on an evan- 
gelistic-type work in the family campsites. 
"We've got a lot of these little camp groups 
scattered around. They really are not regularly 
attending any of our other groups," Thompson 

He says that many Navajo people do not 
think in terms of a Sunday worship. They 
don't have a Christian background," he notes. 
"Sunday is no different from any other day." 
Many feel that the five-day meeting in their 
camp is their church for the month, although 
Thompson feels there needs to be more than 

that for an established church. 

"If we just had the Navajos who were 
trained, we could start churches in a lot of 
areas," Thompson says, expressing his concern 
for native leadership. He feels that with train- 
ing, the Navajos would have the stamina in 
their spiritual lives so that they wouldn't fall 
back to tKe way of the world, such as alcohol. 
"We are working with people, who, when 
they become Christians, have terrific changes 
to make," he points out. 

He and other mission staffers are looking to 
the developing TEE (Theological Education 
by Extension) program to assist in training 
the leaders. Several evangelical Navajo 
missions are working together to establish the 
program. Rather than being located in one 
place, a teacher will move from group to 
group. "It's an attempt to train the natural 
leadership that is recognized without extract- 
ing them from their society," notes 
Thompson. He adds that in many mission 
areas, they find that the type of person who 
goes away to school is often lost to the family 
group from which he comes. "An attempt 
was made to try to solve this problem, pro- 
viding training right where the person is," he 

Currently, Thompson and Lesko make a 
monthly trip to Red Lake, Arizona, to spend 
two days with the pastors studying the Bible 
and theology. It is a time that Thompson 
himself finds exciting. "That charges my 
battery," he says enthusiastically. 

The Thompsons have found the work to be 
rewarding, citing examples of the high school 
young people, pastors training, and camp 
meetings among the exciting times. "We 
appreciate the way they (the Navajos) nave 
received us," he concludes, "and the fellow- 
ship we have." ■ 


(Continued from page 8) 

and will He not do it?" (Num. 23:19 NASB). Jesus in 
His discussions with the people of His day reminded 
them that the Scriptures were His credentials and, yet 
they were ". . . unwilling to come to Me" (John 
5:39-40 NASB). This is our problem. We want to do 
everything "this instant," instead of coming to the 
One who promised us rest! 

Oh, to learn to wait upon the Lord -to be as 
eagles who "mount up" rather than "flap" their 
wings like "common" birds! I have shared six things 
with you reminiscent of the Genesis account— on the 
seventh day, God rested. Let's wait for Him. Let's do 
it His way! ■ 




M.E.E, — 

Brethren Biblical Seminar 


by Dr. Don Muchmore and 
Dr. Don Hocking 

Praise the Lord, the proposed 
Brethren Biblical Seminary is now 
open and holding classes! The 
formal opening of the Seminary, 
the reopening of the Theological 
School, and the dedication of the 
new library classroom building took 
place at Bata on Sunday, October 

Many important guests were 
present and took part in the pro- 
gram. The Minister of National 
Education, the Director of Higher 
Education, the Prefet and the Sous- 
prefet with their suite from 
Bozoum, Field Superintendent Don 
Miller, President of the African 
Brethren Church Noel Gaiwaka, the 
President of the Conseil d'Adminis- 
tration Pastor Moehema, members 
of the Conseil, Pastor Molekpo,and 
Eddie Mensinger all attended. 
Vernie and Amy Abbitt, the builder 

The Minister of National Education expresses appreciation for the seminary 
and for the moral and spiritual influence it will have on the C.A.R. 

who constructed the facility, came 
to share in the occasion toward 
which they had worked so hard 
along with the Van Heukelums and 
Martin Garber. 

Pastor Pierre Yougouda presided 
for both the church and outside 
ceremonies, and Pastor Gaiwaka 
gave the message at the church ser- 

vice prior to the dedication itself. 
He gave encouragement to persevere 
in the task of establishing the school 
in the face of enemies. 

In the dedication ceremony it- 
self. Dean Don Hocking expressed 
the appreciation of those in the 
Seminary for all who had contrib- 
uted to the construction of the 

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building and tlie founding of the 
two scliools. He also underlined the 
purpose of the Seminary and the 
Theological School in preparing 
African church leaders with an ex- 
tensive knowledge of the Bible and 
a spiritual walk with God. 

The Minister of National Edu- 
cation, Lt. Colonel Antoine Gambi, 
spoke also. He recognized the 
contributions that the Brethren 
Biblical Seminary could make to 
the church and the country. In the 
prayer of dedication , Pastor Elie 
Boufolo committed to the Lord for 
His service not only the new build- 
ing but also the entering class of 

All this is the result of the 
Lord's doing in answer to prayer. 
The library classroom building was 
completed in time to have all the 
library books up on the shelves. 
Two student homes were finished. 
One duplex was started later, but 
was finished just one day before the 
two student families arrived and 

Opposite page, top: Sign at the entrance to the Bible Center Station (Bate) says: 
"Bible Center, Biblical Seminary, School of Theology, Bible Institute, MAF 
(Missionary Aviation Fellowship), and MEE (Print Shop)." 

Students study in the seminary classroom 

Dpens in the C. A.R. 

moved in. 

The student picture also evi- 
dences the Lord's work. At the 
opening prayer hour on Monday, 
October 5, seven couples and two 
single men were present: four 
Seminary men and five for the 
Theological School. Two more 
couples arrived a few weeks later- 
one couple for each school. 

After a little more than one 
month of classes, a Chadian student 
arrived who had been accepted but 
detained by the government be- 
) cause he was the director of an 
elementary school in the Chad. He 
came without his family and began 
working to try to catch up. The 
general director of the Seminary, 
Pierre Yougouda.and Don Hocking 
went to the Chad to a district 
church conference to bring back his 
family the end of November. How- 
ever, the family was not able to get 
to the conference, so they traveled 
further and picked them up. It was 
a long, tiring trip but worth it. The 

family is very happy to be together 

The women's section of the 
school has its own classes, but 
wives join their husbands for the 
daily chapel period. We have five 
new brides among the group, and 
the other five women have children 
to enliven student village life. 

All the students now have 
kitchens in back of their homes and 
fluorescent lights. The "first stage" 
of building is completed. 

All our students feel convinced 
that God has called them into His 
service. They are studying much 
more now than at the beginning of 
the school year. They have com- 
mented, "Seminary is not as easy as 
we thought it would be." Since 
these are university level students, 
they have plenty to do. They are 
also stating that our system of 
making them think and analyze 
their studies is different from most 
of their previous schooling that 
emphasized rote memory. These 

men are making adjustments, and 
that is not always easy. 

Our first extension trip on De- 
cember 6, was a real blessing. We let 
the students off at six different 
villages. All the villages had chur- 
ches, and the students did evangel- 
ism before the services and then 
gave their testimonies during the 
worship hour. Several first-time 
decisions were recorded and a 
number rededicated their lives to 
Christ in the various villages. The 
students came back enthusiastic 
and excited as they saw the Lord 
work through them. We plan to do 
this twice each month if things 
work out. 

We want to thank each one of 
you that have made this Seminary 
possible in the heart of Africa. We 
are in a strategic place and can 
influence many countries in central 
Africa if they send students to us. 

The first year of a new school is 
difficult, but we praise the Lord for 
giving us a great start. ■ 


From Elephants toTurtles 




by Margaret Hull 

Cows are butchered very infre- 
quently here at Boguila, Central 
African Republic. Often when they 
are killed, the local butcher refuses 
to sell any meat to the missionaries. 

A few weeks ago we heard that a 

cow had been butchered. We made 
the comment that we would be 
able to get meat that day. I sent 
our houseboy down to the market. 
He returned very late in the morn- 
ing quite upset. 

Let me pause here in my story 
and give you a few thoughts on 
prayer. I'll finish my tale a little 

Many authors who have written 
on the subject of prayer preface 
their books with an explanation of 

how unworthy they are to attempt 
such a discussion. 

It is with equal hesitation and 
apology that I bring up the subject. 
I know it is true that there needs to 
be less talking about it and more 
doing of it. 

Recently I read a biography of J. 
0. Fraser who was a missionary to 
the Lisu tribe of China back in the 
early 1900s. A chapter in the book 
entitled "The Prayer of Faith" chal- 
lenged me to be more serious about 
prayer. It also opened my eyes to 
the untapped power resource avail- 
able through prayer. 

In writing to his prayer support- 
ers, Mr. Fraser stated, "There is a 
vast, vast field for us to go up and 
claim in faith. There is enough sin, 
enough sorrow, enough of the 
blighting influence of Satan in the 
world to absorb all our prayers of 
faith, and a hundred times as many 

If one is searching for a needy 
area in which to work, there it is— 
the area of prayer. This is perhaps 
the one place where one can work 
without creating jealousy, without 
calling attention to oneself, without 
causing others to say, "But that was 
my job," or "But I was going to do 
that." There are amazingly few 
candidates for the position of 
"prayer warrior." 

In one of his letters, Mr. Fraser 
told how it seemed a big responsi- 
bility to be the only preacher of the 
Gospel within a radius of about 1 50 
miles, and that he felt his weakness 
very much. Restated: 

I am feeling more and more that 
it is, after all, just the prayers of 
God's people that call down bless- 
ing upon the work, whether they 
are directly engaged in it or not. 
Paul may plant and Apollos water, 
but it is God who gives the in- 
crease; and this increase can be 
brought down from heaven by 
believing prayer, whether offered 
in China or in the homeland. We 
are, as it were. God's agent used 
by Him to do His work, not ours. 
We do our part and then can only 
look to Him with others for His 
blessing. If this is so. Christians 
at home can do as much for 
foreign missions as those actually 
on the field. I believe it will be 
known only on the last day how 
much has been accomplished in 
missionary work by the prayers of 
earnest believers at home. And 
this, surely is the heart of the 
problem. Solid, lasting missionary 
work is done on our knees. What 
I covet more than anything else is 

earnest, believing prayer for me 
and the work here. 

I know that I speak not only for 
myself, but for every missionary 
when I echo Mr. Fraser and say that 
what we want more than anything 
else is people in our churches at 
home who are supporting us by / 
their prayers of faith. 

What is involved in praying the 
prayer of faith? 

The most important thing about 
prayer is that we realize to whom 
we are praying. We need to know 
with a personal and deep conviction 
that God is able to do anything He 
wants to do, that He is all powerful, 
and that nothing, absolutely noth- 
ing, is beyond His domain. He is 
the supreme controller. 

Another important idea is that 
God deligfits for us to come to Him 
in prayer. God often brings hard 
things into our lives so that we will 
have to come to Him more often in 
prayer. He wants to have the kind 
of intimate relationship with us 
that children have with their 
parents. Children should go to 
their parents when they have needs; 
we should go to our Heaven Father 
when we have needs. Admittedly, 
there is a delicate balance between 
going to God with our needs and in 
going to Him with our wants. If we 
err, it is most often on the side of 
ignoring God, or struggling alone 
with our difficulties, of persevering 
in the attitude, "I can do it myself." 

Are there problems which are 
too small to call to God's attention? 
Is it wrong to bother Him with 
daily needs? What did Jesus mean 
when He taught the disciples to 
pray, "Give us this day our daily 
bread" (Matt. 6:11)? How do we 
balance that with the teaching from 
Matthew 6 where Jesus said that we 
should not be anxious about what 
we should eat or drink or wear? 

I think it makes beautiful sense. 
God does not want us to take for 
granted that these are automatically 
supplied. He wants us to recognize 
His hand in meeting these daily 
needs. If for some reason or an- 
other, these needs have not been 
met, we are to feel free to ask Him 
to supply them. This is where the 
prayer of faith comes in. Having 
committed the need to Him, we are 
to consider that it has been met. 
We are not to be anxious about it 

Mark 1 1 :24 is a beautiful verse 
on prayer. Jesus said, "Therefore, I 
say to you, all things for which you 
pray and ask, believe that you have 
received them, and they shall be 
granted you" (NASB). Notice the 
contrast in verb tenses: believe that 
you have already received (even 
though you don't yet see the an- 
:;wer) and you will receive it. 

A third important principle in 

prayer is that we do not overload 
our faith. That is to say , that we 
pray within the limits of our faith. 
As God increases our faith , we will 
be able to extend the limits of our 
prayers. Paul seems to be speaking 
about limits of faith when he says, 
according to ". . . the measure of 
the sphere which God apportioned 
to us as a measure, . . ." (2 Cor. 
10:13 NASB). Faith islikea 
muscle which grows stronger as we 
exercise it. Mr. Fraser states con- 
cerning this verse: 

The very word means with fixed 
limits. We are often exhorted, 
and with reason, to ask great 
things of God. Yet there is a 
balance in all things, and we may 
go too far in this direction. It is 
possible to bite off, in prayer, 
more than we can chew. Let us 
not claim too little in faith, but 
let us not claim too much either. 

James wrote in 4:3 that they 
had not because they asked not. I 
think that is often the case with us 
as well. We talk about "the need" 
with our friends, we bring it up in 
prayer meeting sometimes, but we 
do very little actual praying about 
it. This is a sin on our part, because 
we are keeping God from doing 
something that He wants to do for 

Let me go back to my story 
which is a simple example. Our 
houseboy returned from the 
butcher very upset. After three 
hours of waiting and having given 
his money to the butcher, he was 
told that he could not buy meat. I 
remarked that it was our mistake 
because we just took it for granted 
and had not prayed that God would 
cause the butcher to sell us meat. 
So I prayed that God would give us 

The next day a villager came 
with a pig to sell, which we bought, 
and the whole station had pork. 
The next day two men arrived with 
(can you believe it?) two large pans 
of elephant meat! A few miles up 

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Students of the 1982 Candidate School 

Two hundred missionaries 
in the next ten years. That's 
our modest goal. Will we 
make it? Well, in the last 
five years, 54 Grace Breth- 
ren missionaries have been 
sent to the fields. If we 
maintain that pace, there 
will be more than 200 by 
1990-orwill there? Unfor- 
tunately, no. In this spirit- 
ual warfare, as in any other 
warfare, there are always 
casualities— some will not 
remain on the field for 
continuous terms of service. 
Others, after a long and 
faithful career, will retire. 
So, our goal for recruits 
must include more than the 
replacement of present per- 
sonnel. Therefore, it is a 
great encouragement to see 
the number of young 
people who are offering 
themselves for missionary 
service. Fourteen were in 
attendance this year at 
Candidate School with 
hopes to go to the following 
fields: Argentina, South 
Brazil, England, Germany, 
and Japan. 

Candidate School was held during 

a snowy January at the new 

Missionary Residence. 

The children c 
their stay at Miss 

Mrs. Zielasko fixed lunch 

every day for the 


Pray ye the Lord of the Harvel 


Many thanks to all who 
contributed their time and 
talents to make this year's 
Candidate School a success. 
Besides our capable staff, 
we especially wanted to 
thank the following: 

Rev. Charles Ashman 

Rev. and Mrs. Gary Austin 

Dr. Mike Grill 

Dr. Knute Larson 

Dr. Jim Nesbitt 

Mrs. Alice Petty 

Rev. Ron Picard 

Dr. Lester Pifer 

Rev. Dave Plaster 

Rev. Bill Smith 

Rev. John Teevan 

Mr. Tom Varney 

Dr. and Mrs. William Walker 

Dr. John Whitcomb 

Mrs. John Zielasko 

nts enjoyed 
s apartment. 

The candidates are joined by others 
interested in missions for a session 
by Knute Larson. 



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Mrs. Alice Petty leads a session on Behavior Analysis. 

A future missionary enjoys lunch. 

at He will send laborers into His harvest field." 

Forget Us . . 

by Beltoungou Timothee 

My sisters and brothers, t would like to tell you a little about my life, so you will under- 
stand better your brothers in the Central African Republic. 

I was born in 1933 at Karugba, C.A.R. My father and mother took me to the Chad when 
I was very young, and I grew up there. I married my wife there in June 1951 . 

In those days when I was still a child, the French were in command of both the C.A.R. 
and Chad. There were not as many schools as now, only a few here and there. So, I had no 
way to attend school. We were then living at Bodo, Chad. A missionary there, Mr. Gangee, 
taught us of God. 

My father believed in Christ, and I did as well. Later, when my father fell away from the 
way of God, I did too. We returned to the C.A.R. in 1954. Three years later I returned to 
walk with the Lord and was baptized in 1958. 

I attended the Preparatory Bible School, then the Elementary Bible School. Later I 
entered the central Bible Institute at Bata. In 1966, I became a pastor at Kangouo 2, near 

In 1971, my wife came down with a hard illness. We visited three hospitals, but the 
doctors treated her in vain. She died the next year. My wife was separated from me in this 
way that God called her. 

My wife had given me six children, five daughters and one son. At that time I gave several 
of the children to my mother to care for them. But one year later my mother died. This 
really took all my strength from me and gave me much grief. 

I took Badouma Marguerite as my wife in 1974. She has given us a daughter, so now we 
have seven children. That same year the pastors of the district called me to be a teacher at 
the Batangafo Elementary Bible School. I taught for five years before returning to Bata to 
attend the superior course for two years. My wife attended classes at the Bible Institute. 
I give much thanks to God who returned me to Bata to learn more of His Word. I ask 
you not to forget me and your other African brothers in your prayers. 
Pray for us! ■ 

Pray for Us! 

Mary was a "P.K.," daughter oi Charles and Janice Thornton in Sunnyside, Washington. 

Brethren Youth 
to Heaven 

Mary Thornton 

by Ed Lewis 

All the Operation Barnabas team 
members cheered at the small 
Brethren church In Michigan after 
Mary Thornton sang her first solo. 
She smiled, half-embarrassed but 
pleased that she did her best. 

"I AM A SERVANT" was the song 
Mary chose to sing. It just fit the 
idea of "Barnabas"— a national 
youth team of ministry and encour- 

When news came recently of Mary's 
death in an automobile accident in 
Sunnyside, Washington, on Decem- 
ber 1 1 , it shocked everyone. Killed 
instantly trying to avoid an obstacle 
in the road . . . senior . . . athletic 
. . . very involved in the church 
youth group . . . sweet spirit . . . 
pretty . . . musical . . . everyone's 
friend . . . pastor's daughter . . . 
lover of children . . . hard worker 
. . . committed Christian. 

A teen said , "She was so sensitive 

that she'd even question the con- 
sequences of harmless pranks- 
would it upset anyone?" 

Her non-Christian basketball coach 
said, "She's a model teen— what an 
attitude!" Everyone knew of 
Mary's faith, yet she wasn't a 

Why her. Lord? 

Perhaps it's because Mary's life 
would have a greater impact at this 
age than had she lived longer. You 
see, Mary wasn't always "up-front"; 
in fact, one might not always be 
aware of her presence, only her ab- 
sence. She did things like initiating 
doing the dishes, running a vacuum, 
talking to a lonely grandma, or 
petting a dog. 

Mary's greatest contribution for her 
Lord seemed to be that she was an 
example of what she sang, "I AM A 

Larry and Roberta Copenhaver from Sunnyside wrote of Mary a year 
previous to her death: "She really takes an interest in new kids in the 
youth group and makes them feel welcome and at home . . . accepts 
instruction well and also constructive criticism; is well-organized and 
neat in appearance and in tidiness about the home . . . she is very 
dependable. Mary is truly an asset to her father's ministry (Rev. Charles 
Thornton) ... as you see we love Mary very much. She comes out to 
our place often and enjoys working with horses. She always offers to 
help in any way she can. We would be proud to have her as our 
daughter. She has been trained well. We do so enjoy having her 

Adam Raymond, from Mary's youth 
group, writes representing her friends in 
church and school: 

Mary couldn't make an enemy of any- 
body if she tried. If she didn't get you 
with her beautiful smile and laugh, you 
had to admire and respect her for the 
Christlike image, so apparent In her life. 
If anyone offended her, she swallowed 
her pride and any comeback she might 
have had, and put that ever-present smile 
back on her lips. 

No one was more prepared to meet the 
Lord than she was. As Mary's little 
Dodge Omni spun out of control, 
Charlotte McClure, who was with her, 
remembers Mary exclaiming, "God!" 
Not in vain, but as though she saw Him 
and wanted to speak to Him, and was 
interrupted. The exclamation was more 
like "God . . .!" 

Mary was a modern-day Paul. In Philip- 
pians 1 :23-24, Paul says: 

For I am in a straight betwixt two, 
having a desire to depart, and to 
be with Christ; which is far better: 
Nevertheless to abide in the flesh 
is more needful for you. 
Everybody in the youth group leaned 
so heavily on Mary, anji relied on her so 
much, that she found herself giving up 
the sport that she loved best (basketball) 
to help the church youth group. In the 
last month of her life, she worked 
harder than anyone to get the youth 
ministry off to a fantastic start. She 
wanted so much to see her closest 
friends spreading the good news of 
Jesus Christ. 

The example Mary left us will be in our 
hearts for years to come. 

"Precious in the sight of the Lord 
is the death of his saints. 

Lord I am your servant; 

1 am your servant . . ." 
(Ps. 116:15-16 IMIV). 


by Paul Mutchler 

Paul Mutchler is pastoring the 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 

Grace Brethren Church. 

I'm down! My leadership just isn't making it. I feel 
like a leader— I have the desire, my buddies say I'm 
their leader, the kids in youth group elected me an 
officer, my girlfriend says I've really got it together, 
my pastor says I have "great potential ," and Dad says 
I'm a "born leader"! How come I'm treated like a 
loser? Man, nobody will volunteer for any work, and 
when they finally agree, then they don't show up! 
They Just sit there! All they want to do is come to 
parties and fun things I'm supposed to put together, 
and they then cut me down for not doing it right or 
charging too much! Dad won't let me have the car, a 
job, a girlfriend, and makes me come home early. 
Then they tell me how much they appreciate me! 

And so discouragement goes, ever downward. 
A guy or girl faces these choices: 

1 . Cry — (a no-no) 

2. Fight — (bad for your image) 

3. Resign — (agree with discouragement, 

die, quit) 

4. Go cruisin' — (escape therapy— costs 

too much and discouragement rides 

5. Be encouraged and succeed— i/vor/r 

your plan 
Work my plan? Plan? What plan? Succeed? Encour- 
aged? Yeah, a plan ... a goal ... a direction . . . the 
thing that makes leadership work and leaders succeed. 

Good guy leaders with a plan— Moses. Joshua, 
Elijah, David, Jesus, Paul, Timothy, your 
pastor, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Roose- 
velt, Eisenhower, Patton, Douglas MacArthur, 
J. C. Penney, Col. Sanders. 

Bad guy leaders with a plan— Satan. Absolom, 
Diotrophes, Hitler, Billy the Kid, Al Capone, 
Idi Amin, Khomeini, Madalyn Murray O'Hair. 

Regular guy leaders with a plan— farmers. 
businessmen, coaches, choir directors, grand- 
mothers, housewives, yearbook editors, class 
officers, 4-H kids and YOU. 


Know how to be encouraged . . . it's the cure 
for discouragement. 

Be encouraged by leaders who made it . . . 

Moses, whose very leadership was chal- 
lenged (Num. 16) 
Joshua, who gave the "minority report" 
Elijah, who asked to die (1 Kings 19:4) 
David, who feared for his life (Ps. 3, 42, 55, 
and so forth) 

How did they make it? 

1 . They decided to be encouraged 

Joshua obeyed the Lord, "Be strong and 
courageous!" (Joshua 1 :6, 9, 18) 

2. They trusted the Lord 

David comforted himself in the Lord as his 
source of confidence, "The Lord ... I 
come in the name of the Lord . . . the 
Lord will deliver . . . the battle is the 
Lord's" (1 Sam. 17:37,45-47) 

3. They acted with leadership; they worked 
their plan 

Nehemiah . . . the whole story! 

Be encouraged by principles that will help 
you make it . . . 

1. We're not alone — "I will never leave thee, 
nor forsake thee" (Heb. 13:5) 

2. We have power — "I can do all things 
through Him who strengthens me" (Phil. 
4:13 NASB) 

3. We have resources — "My God shall supply 
a// your needs . . ." (Phil. 4:19 NASB) 

The facts are . . . you probably already know 
about positive thinking, good attitude, and 
encouragement . . . you've been inspired by 
messages on the same characters and Scrip- 
tures . . . you've probably memorized some of 
the same verses . . . you've probably been 
encouraged to be encouraged . . . but still you 
feel like a loser, an unsuccessful leader . . . 
maybe you are! You need to work your plan. 

•^ Know 

how to succeed in leading . . . here's 

1. Know where you're going 

2. Be able to persuade others to go along! 


There are six things the Lord approves, yea, 
seven which He blesses in leadership: 

1. PLAN— determine goals, objectives— "What 
do I want to accomplish?" 

2. PRAY— kind of a "spiritual review" to see 
if your plan is self, others and/or God- 
centered. Also for direction on accom- 
plishing your goaL 

3. PERSUADE— others to catch your vision, 
if it applies. Share your ideas and plans . . . 
pass on your enthusiasm. 

4. PREPARE— a) everything you need to ac- 
complish your goal— materials, people, 
money, place, time, props, (grade card), 
and so forth. Gather it all together; b) 
draw up a timetable— when who will do 

5. PERFORM-DO IT! Carry out your plan 
according to the preparations with others 
you prayerfully persuaded to help. 

6. PRODUCE - SUCCESS! (Most people 
think this is where the ballgame is won or 
lost. It's not. It's already won or lost by 
steps 1-5). 

7. PRAISE— anyone and everyone involved 
with you . . . the Lord, too! 

There is an old CE saying: "People don't plan 
to fail . . . they just fail to plan!" Whether 
leading a proposal for the keys to the car or 
for a church youth meeting, careful, prayerful 
planning will not only make you feel like a 
leader, but will also make you know you are a 
winner. ■ 

• • 






This bus was recently purchased by 
David Knepper from York, Pennsylvania, 
solely for a ministry which will be oper- 
ated through GBC Christian Education. 
Dave shares the burden with C.E. in 
having a year-round evangelistic ministry 
in Grace Brethren churches. Outreach 
seminars, follow-up and discipleship. 

by Kellie Cornwell 

"Original Poetry" — First Place 

National Achievement Competition 

'81 Brethren National Youth Conference 

Twas a horrible day for many around, 

The one they were seeking had finally been found. 

He was kissed by a friend, a brother, a son. 

Yet the kiss came from all those together as one. 

He was deceived; was despised; was used out of greed 

The money collected was not for need. 

They marched Him from a garden at night. 

His friends and companions fled with much fright. 

He was tried at night, with a jury of partial men 
They lied about Him, they mocked Him again and again. 
Before morning, unlawfully, was He sentenced to death 
They were determined to see Him take His last breath. 

But God the Father had a great plan 

He had sent down His Son in the form of a man. 

Jesus had peace from His Father above. 

And all the while He showed them His love. 

After three days, triumphantly He rose. 
Seen of many, just as God chose. 
He lovingly met with the chosen few 
Leaving none to doubt that His words were true. 

Now God lives and reigns above 

And still through His Son, He shows His love. 

meetings for and about various church ministries will run concurrently with the 10 to 15 days the team vvill be at a 
2*^7 TK /r"^^'"^'u "'"^^'^S^- Preparations are now being made for the ten young adults (to begin In the fall of 
HJ). I hanks for your heart for this ministry, Dave. ■ 


D The Grace Brethren Church of Telford/Limestone, 
Tenn., honored two very faithful Sunday school 
teachers for years of service. Mrs. Nola Armentrout 
taught for 48 years, and Mrs. Evelyn Guinn for 46. 
"Some of our members are faithfully serving God in 
the church today because dedicated men and women, 
like these, have given much of their lives in reaching 
others for Christ, writes Pastor Dave Mitchell. 

Pastor Mitchell further comments, "It is such a 
privilege to pastor a church that not only loves one 
another, but is also committed to preaching the 
whole counsel of God in the classroom as well as the 
pulpit. The results have produced steady growth and 
record-breaking attendances. To God we give the 
glory and thanks." 

Pictured from left to right are: Pastor Mitchell, 
Mrs. Nola Armentrout, Mrs. Evelyn Guinn, and Kent 
Archer, Sunday school superintendent. 

D VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL time will soon be 
here! VBS brochures, containing information about 
materials and handcrafts, have been mailed to all 
churches by the Missionary Herald Co. Order your 
needs early . . . remember that you can phone us toll- 
free with your order-1 -800-348-2756. Your ship- 
ment will be promptly dispatched by United Parcel 
Service. A liberal returns policy is offered by the 
Herald Co., and leftover student materials and hand- 
craft may be returned for credit. 

n Attention pastors and church secretaries: Statisti- 
cal forms have been mailed to all churches. A copy 
of your report should be sent to your district statis- 
tician, and one to the national statistician: Ralph 
Burns, Country Club Apts., Apt. IE, Country Club 
Lane, Anderson, SC 29621. If you have not cared for 
this matter, please do so at once! Thank you. 

n Rev. Arthur Sprunger has accepted the pastorate 
of the Manheim Grace Brethren Church, Manheim, 

€tiaiia;e rvut annual 

Michael Blakley, 1868 San Antonio, Pomona, Calif. 
91767 • Daniel Hammers, 34 West Kanawka, Co- 
lumbus, Ohio 43214 • James Heldt, 384B Madison, 
Warminster, Pa. 18974 • Dean R. Robbins, 1265 
Donson Dr., Apt. 46, Dayton, Ohio 45429 • Milton 
Ryerson, 3002 Packerton Rd., Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590 • Randy Senior, 513 E. Main St., Front 
Royal, Va. 22630 • Arthur Sprunger, 333 E. High 
St., Manheim, Pa. 17543 • Melvin Taylor, 3121 
S.W. Riverside Dr., Albany, Oreg. 97321 • Ronald 
Warrick, 537 Buckeye St., Vacaville, Calif. 95688 • 
Robert Wilson, 3020 Newton No. 20, c/o D. Ander- 
son, Placerville, Calif. 95667 • Lloyd Woolman, 
3070 Amarillo Ave., Simi Valley, Calif. 93063 • The 
new church secretary at the Valley Grace Brethren 
Church, Hagerstown, Md., is Howard Keplinger, R. 1, 
Box W4, Boonsboro, Md. 21713 (Tel. 301/582-4203). 


Dr. Robert B. Collitt, stewardship counselor for the 
Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service, will be 
speaking at the following Grace Brethren churches: 

Temple City Grace Brethren Church, 5537 Temple 
City Blvd., Temple City, Calif., April 4-7. David 
Willett, pastor. 

First Brethren Church, Corner of Pandos and Witt 
Roads, Taos, N. Mex., April 18-21. Robert Salazar, 

Grace Brethren Church, 2975 Jet Wing, Colorado 
Springs, Colo., April 25-28. Tom Inman, pastor. 


Hearty congratulations to, and may Cod's blessing rest upon 

these new tamilies who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 

readership. A six-month subscription to the Herald is given to 

newlyweds, not previously subscribing, whose addresses are 

supplied by the officiating minister. The church is billed lor the 

additional months to make the newlywed subscription expire 

the same time as others from the church. 

Laurel Inman and Richard Alvaran, Oct. 24, Grace Brethren 

Church, Colorado Springs, Colo. The bride's father. Pastor 

Thomas Inman, officiated at the ceremony, assisted by 

Roger Fornwalt of the church. 

Michele Pasternak and Mike Avrick, Dec. 12 , Grace Brethren 

Church of Greater Washington, Washington, D.C. 

Catherine Crum and Hovuard Keplinger, Dec. 12, Valley 

Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Md. 

(Continued on page 34) 

6DC Christian Education 

Box 365, Winona Lake, IN 46590 Tel. 219/267-6622 

Knute Larson, Executive Director 

Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries 

Judy Ashman, Director of SIVIM 

Kevin Muggins, Director of Road Ministries 

hoping to help 
youth, a 

Support Your Local Fireman, Police and 
Sunday School Teacher 

Me, I love little children. They are 
filled to the top with sparkles and 
pretend dreams or the great question 
of life: Why? 

Give me a four- or five-year-old any 
day, and we'll have a blast. Or rather, 
give me one for an hour. 

Or make it ten minutes at the most. 

And keep it to one or two please, as 

These people who take a whole 
group of them at once, for more than 
an hour at a time, and call it Sunday 

school or children's church— these are 
something else. 

They miss concerts and sermons, 
but many get a lot out of the Scripture 
they digest for the children. 

They skip the fellowship of a class 
for their own age, but some of them 
seem to have a very special working 
fellowship with these little ones. 

Their hour or two on Sundays or 
during the week with these young 
minds just may shape a new course for 
the church, or at least for the children. 

While we're handing out the biggest 
blue ribbons, or pasting on bumper 
stickers for support, let's include the 
teachers of preschool people. They 
deserve all they get and much more. 

To visit a few minutes with a pre- 
schooler is one thing. To effectively 
use 60 minutes or 120 or more with 
these fidgety joys is quite another. It 
takes careful prep. It is the work for 

We thank them! ■ 

yfel .^>wti^ i^^e. Urcit^ DudX^AjjO^^c^ y^lAJtsvuiJUL 

It really did get my attention. 

I care for Iva like everything. And Bill-his misshapes on 
his fingers from arthritis make me pray and admire his 

But reading the plea as written above got my attention 
without Iva or Bill or others of my friends being around. 
Let's hear it for the Arthritis Foundation, who wrote the 
slogan on the side of the pencil I am using. I will help take 
it seriously. 

Now what can we do to help get people to take Christian 
education in the local church seriously? Must we hold up 
broken homes, or a glossy-eyed teen cracked on pot? Do we 
have to watch 50 new converts disappear before maturity 


Christian Ed Conference 

Sunday and Monday of National Conference 
August 1 and 2 

A Very Special Oasis 
Just for You 

because we don't take discipleship seriously? 
These questions plague me as a CE director: 
How can reasonable adults not see and feel the need for 
being in an adult Bible fellowship in their church 

How can parents who wouldn't for a moment give their 
children the fore of one out of three school days have 
that kind of a record for Sunday school 

Why do youth expect standards and rules on the school 
team but reject any qualifications for the church minis- 
try team 

What do some people expect out of a pastor when they 
put so little into him 

How can an adult Bible fellowship grow if regular par- 
ticipants don't reach out warmly and talk it up 

What can a Sunday school teacher accomplish without 
mixing with his students in between classes too, and 
coming early 

How can a church invest in shrubbery but not youth 

Thankfully, many of our churches are sending those 
questions sailing by positive Christian Ed work. 
We're hoping to help. 

c:J(<(ijJtJt 4-aAA4v-N 

iStion ed, 
rch growth 

Ed Miller, we're delighted to announce, will 
lead our first "Nehemiah" chapel-building team 
this summer. It will be a return trip for Ed, who 
grew up there with his missionary parents, Ed and 
Eileen Miller. Nora Macon and Dave Knepper will 
help lead the 30 young adults in building, seeing 
missions firsthand, and ministering to Brazilians on 
this CE TIME team. Ed and wife, Susan, are 
parents of Jessica 15) and Stephanie 13). 

Two "Barnabas" teams and a Euro-Missions 
Institute in France for 30 potential missionaries to 
Europe are also scheduled for summer. Barnabas 
teams will head for California and the Northwest 

Fatherlove is Reigning . . . " 


A father investing commitment In his children and stim- 
ulating growth of rich, deep roots of Agape love. Fatherlove. 
Roots that have station In God's time and eternity. The 
noble calling. Fatherlove. 

D. Bruce Lockerbie knows much about fatherlove. 
Prompted by his family and the phrase in "Joyful, Joyful, 
We Adore Thee," he chose it for the title of his inspiring 
thirtieth book, Fatherlove. 

Accomplished husband of Lory, father of three adult 
children, disciplined runner, avid reader, student extraordi- 
naire, son of writer-editor Jeanette and the late Pastor E. A. 
Lockerbie, brother of Bangladesh missionary, Jeannie, and 
dean of faculty at Stonybrook School, New York— Dr. 
Lockerbie loves Jesus. 

Fatherlove is the secret of his family success. As with all 
men, Lockerbie's fathering experience consisted of on-the- 
job training. Essential, unique, and challenging, his life had 
to be the role model for his children to copy. He hates pass- 
ing the buck. 

His insights are keen. Variegated with struggles, persever- 

by Anne Stefaniuk, 

free-lance writer and editor 

of "Acts of the GBC," 

Ashland, Ohio (pictured in 

photo with Dr. Bruce 


ence, and humor, Lockerbie's contribution to parenting is 
joyful honesty. He makes room for failing and growth. His 
thoughts are filled with goals of excellence; his heart brims 
with love. He is decidedly open. Candidly transparent. 

Dr. Lockerbie shares the valuable but easily lost key he 
holds fast: high level communication with his family. Be- 
cause his life was so measured, he remembers: "I spent all 
my leisure time with my children. My backyard was the 
neighborhood community field. My own Interest In 
athletics merged with the children's and we did it together. 

"But still, the more Important thing that a father could 
do for his children," he firmly believes, "Is to love their 
mother." His Lory Is cherished! 

Home Is a haven. However, Lockerbie also viewed his 
home as "where the bad habits were broken and where ac- 
ceptable behavior was taught." His children felt that re- 
sponsibility. He takes very seriously the Scripture verses on 
sparing the rod and spoiling the child; the need for purpose- 
ful Christian education; the vital influence of a "living" 
church; and the daily celebration of God's Indwelling our 

With polite humor, Bruce Lockerbie shuns the title "ex- 
pert." Instead, he glories in the limitations he strives to 

And he speaks with a whole heart. At the Ashland Aca- 
demy banquet, mindful of his marked advantages, Bruce 
recognized: "I've always been the recipient of God's 
blessings. Others have labored for me. Others have taught 
my children. And there has been a price to pay ... to set 
the standard, to be the example, and admit failing, and 
asking for forgiveness." He's still giving the best he's got. 

Fatherlove is a rich combination. Fatherlove brings to 
fruition the joy of godly children and the promise of 
abundant family prosperity. Lockerbie shares his fatherlove 
goal as: "Total Living." 

He does it well. 

The nurturing of a family focused on eternity. 

A very worthy pursuit. 

Fatherlove. ■ 

East Side 

Tackles the LoganTrail 



(As related to Mike Ostrander by 

Bruce Bevier, commander of the 

East Side GBB unit.) 

Recently the East Side Columbus 
Grace Brethren Boys had a weekend 
adventure that proved to be a 
turning point in the lives of a num- 
ber of our boys. Our GBB staff 
decided to have an activity that 
would push our boys to their per- 
sonal limits— a point beyond them- 
selves where they would have to 
lean on God for help. We came up 
with a 16-mile superhike, or a 9- 
miler for those unable to make the 
full trip. 

We devoted a whole month to 
physical fitness in preparation for 
the hike. Each week the boys were 
introduced to a variety of endur- 
ance-oriented skills at the meetings, 
and were required to follow a daily 
fitness program supervised by an 
adult. Week by week the boys were 
faithful in their work, and everyone 
was really getting excited about the 

In order to achieve the effects 
we desired, we divided the unit into 
five small groups, based on matched 
abilities. Every group was to be 
pushed as hard as they could be 
taken. Two of the five groups were 
felt to be too young to attempt the 
16-mile-plus loop. The boys were 

told that everyone had a chance at 
the long loop and that we would 
make the announcements later. 

The week of the hike came, and 
things looked pretty grim from a 
leader's viewpoint. The forecast 
was calling for rain that would turn 
to ice, with temperatures dropping 
into the low 20s. We spent a lot of 
time that week praying about the 
weather conditions. 

Friday morning rolled around 
and the forecast had not changed. 
We committed things to the Lord 
and went ahead with our plans. 
However, it wasn't until after we 
had our entire camp pitched that 
we realized that God had been 
answering our prayers. The skies 
that were supposed to be full of 
rain clouds were full of brilliant 
stars. What a way to start the 

The moment came for the an- 
nouncement of which hiking groups 
the boys were to be in. Fifteen 
boys, all psyched up, some scared, 
all anxious, were informed into 
which group each boy would be 
placed. After careful deliberation, 
we felt that everyone would be able 
to handle the long trail except for 
two boys, Brian LIpp (age 7) and 
Christian McAllister (age 8). How- 
ever, these two young fellows 
sincerely believed that they could 
handle the full 16 miles. They felt 
they had worked as hard at prepar- 

ing for it as the others and deserved 
a chance to try. 

After a moment of contempla- 
tion, I (without any real intention 
of hiking them over the whole 
route) told them that we would 
hike the first 4 miles of the trail 
and then decide whether or not to 
continue, or to finish the shorter 
trail of 9 miles. I felt that I could 
push them hard enough in the first 
4 miles that they would change 
their minds by the decision point. 

We went to bed with the tem- 
perature dipping down into the low 
20s, turning the water to ice that 
was left in pans and jugs. Fifteen 
little bodies (and some big ones, 
too) shivered through the dark 
hours. Finally, someone stirred in 
the camp, and the disturbance was 
heard by another. Still another boy 
asked what time it was, and a 
sleepy voice answered, "6:03." 
Time to get up and get the fire 

After the whole camp was 
aroused and all but a few were 
huddled around the beginnings of 
what was to become our breakfast 
fire, it happened. One of the adults 
looked at his watch and declared 
that it must have frozen during the 
night because it showed that it was 
only 4:15 a.m. Another man 
looked at his watch, and sure 
enough, it was only 4:15. All of a 
sudden it seemed very funny. Here 


we are shivering around the fire in 
the middle of the night because 
someone had misread his watch. 

Soon we had a good sized fire 
going. A few decided to try and go 
bacl< to bed until morning really 
arrived, but for the majority the 
choice was to huddle around the 
campfire for two more hours. 
Some of the boys were later able to 
prove how they spent those two 
hours by the melted soles on their 

Finally, with breakfast and 
cleanup out of the way, everyone 
was ready, and the different groups 
started out on the Logan Trail. Be- 
cause of my duties as commander, 
Brian, Christian, and I didn't leave 
camp until about a half hour after 
the rest. But in just a short while 
we caught up with the other group 
of young boys. Brian and Christian 
really came alive as I suggested that 
maybe we could even catch the 
next group of boys before reaching 
the decision point. Much to my 
surprise, these two plucky little 
guys set a steady pace that even- 
tually resulted in us not only 
passing the next group, but one of 
the groups of older boys as well. I 
was now starting to believe that 
maybe these two boys meant 
business. I began to pray that God 
would give me the wisdom to make 
the right choice when we reached 
the decision point. 

We arrived at the decision point 
just ahead of the other groups, sat 
down and went over the facts. Four 
miles were behind us, and t2 more 
lay ahead. The terrain was rough 
and hilly. It was not going to be 
easy. Brian and Christian prayed 
about it, and after they had finished 
they both said, "Let's go for it!" 
Wow, was I excited, for I knew that 
we were in for a real experience, 
whatever the outcome. 

Off we hiked, singing praises to 
the Lord, and praying aloud that 
God would give us the strength we 
were going to be needing. 

The two boys kept it up for 
hours, with Brian leading the way 
and Christian bringing up the rear. 
The first sign of trouble came when 
Christian started really dropping 
back. I was trying to encourage 
him verbally, with limited success, 
when suddenly Brian turned 
and marched right past me, without 
saying a word. Wondering what 

was going on, I was quickly taught 
a lesson in human compassion. 
Brian put his arm around Christian's 
shoulder, and while murmuring 
words of encouragement, helped his 
buddy along the trail. This cam^ as 
a real surprise to me because Brian 
doesn't normally speak out that 
much. But here he was giving me a 
lesson in the practical application 
of Philippians 2:4, which is their 
theme verse in Grace Brethren Boys. 
I knew that Brian really wanted to 
keep up the pace, but rather than 
fuss at his companion for slowing 
down, he forgot his own goal and 
went to the aid of his friend. He 
somehow realized that Christian 
needed more than just verbal en- 
couragement at that moment. 
What a blessing it was to be present 
to witness this little action that said 
so much about the inner character 
of my boys. 

As the day passed by, we be- 
came more and more weary. We 
lapsed into an almost hypnotic 
silence, saying nothing— just hiking, 
hiking, hiking. With the sun now 
on the other side of the ridge and 
the air turning crisper as the 
shadows disappeared, I began to 
realize that we very well might not 
get back to camp before nightfall 
caught up with us. I also became 
aware that trouble was here again 
when I noticed that one of the boys 
was beginning to cry— not out loud, 
but under his breath so no one else 

would hear him. Not knowing 
what else to do, I called a halt, we 
sat down, and I just hugged him 
close to me. In a few moments he 
opened up and started crying freely. 
He was tired, discouraged, and 
starting to get cold. We spent a 
brief time in prayer, thanking God 
for the progress we had made and 
again asked Him for the strength 
and courage to continue as we still 
had nearly four miles to go. 

After we finished praying the 
boys felt an inner peace and re- 
marked that somehow they didn't 
feel quite as tired as they had be- 
fore. While we were sitting there 
resting we heard the sounds of the 
next group as they made their way 
up the trail. With their company, 
the rest of the hike went slowly but 
without further complications. 

No one looks back and regrets 
any of the memories of that day on 
the Logan Trail. The boys learned 
a real lesson in the practical reality 
of how God was able to supply 
their needs that day. 

Each of the five groups of hikers 
have their own story to tell how 
God changed their lives and met 
their needs. 

Later on, one of the boys used 
the whole experience as a project in 
an Ohio history class, as the trail 
was named for the famous Indian 
Chief Logan. The boy and his dad 
were able to spend many hours to- 
gether on this project. ■ 

The tougher the challenge, the sweeter the victory. Brian and Christian 
with their patch for hiking the full 16-mlle trail. 



Flora. IN, GBC 
Sacramento, CA, "' 

Fremont, OH. GBC 

Orlando, Ft, GBC 

; New Holland. PA, GBC 

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1. TeHord,PA,PennVal.vGBC 

2 Johnstown, PA, KiKe u 

13 Peru, IN, GBC 

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26 Rittman,OH,FBC 

27 DitlsburgPA.HopeGBC 

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29 Hagerstown.MD, calvary GBC 

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I7 Ephrata,PA,GBC 
38 New Troy, Ml, GBC 

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^°^^' %S Sn" Hbufion per Church - $355. 



^"•^ AMOUNT 

2 274.40 
1 ',560.00 
1 383.04 
1 ,090.50 


Randy Poyher 
Donald Taylor 
Mick Rockafeltow 
Roy Halberg 
Robert Moeller 
John Gregory 
Robert Griffith 
Ueland Friesen 
VJ. Carl Miller 
Charles Ashman 
Randy Bowman 
Thomas Avey 
Kenneth Cosgrove 
George Wallace 
Leslie Nutter 
Earle Peer 
Robert Divine 
John Lancaster 
Jay Fretz 
Steve Kuns 
William Tweeddale 

James Marshall 
Charles Winter 
Ronald Guiles 
Robert Russell 
Lee Dice 
Wesley Haller 
Norman Mayer 
Forrest Jackson 

John Burke 
Bill Crabbs 
Jerry Young 

Kenneth Bickel 
Edward Gross 
Alan Jones 
Ron Manahan 
Art Sprunger 




Contribution Report - 






Women Memifesting 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church 
Box 71 1 , Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 


Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, Winona 
Uke, Ind. 46590 (Tel. 219/267-7603) 

First Vice President 

Mrs. Robert (Althea) Miller, 5772 Karen Avenue, Cypress, 
California 90630 (Tel. 714/995-6140) 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, Powell, 
Ohio 43065 (Tel. 614/881-5779) 


Mrs. Fred (Margie) Devan, Jr., 2507 Vancouver Drive, N.W., 
Roanoke, Va. 24012 (Tel. 703/366-2843) 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Donald (Marilyn) Weltmer, Route No. 1 , Box 131, Ger- 
radstown, W. Va. 25420 (Tel. 304/229-3920) 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590 (Tel. 219/267-7588) 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Route No, 1, Box 59, Lake 
Odessa, Mich. 48849 (Tel. 616/693-2315) 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route No. 8, Box 297, Warsaw, In- 
diana 46580 (Tel. 219/267-3634) 


Miss Nora Macon, 109 Fourth Street, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590 (Tel. 219/267-7527) 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut Street, Troy, Ohio 
45373 (Tel. 513/335-5188) 


Foreign IVIissions Offering 

Goal - $10,000 

Deadline - June 10, 1982 

Continuation of raising funds for 

the new Missionary Residence 

in Winona Lake, Indiana 

Christian Education Offering 

Goal - $7,000 

Deadline - April 30, 1982 

Sponsorship of the Director of 


SMM Girl of the Year 


Mssionary Xlnhdays 

MAY 1982 

(Addresses will be found on pages 52 and 53 of the Grace Brethren 


Michael Hoyt May 8, 1975 

Kathryn Hoyt May 13, 1974 

Philip Hoyt May 16, 1971 


Sheri Vnasdale May 19, 1968 


Nathan Stallter May 3, 1979 

Mrs. Linda Pfahler May 17 

Mr. Werner Kammler May 30 


Mrs. Dorothy Hodgdon May 13 


Mrs. Vicki DeArnney May 5 

Sy Belohlavek May 8, 1980 

Rev. Larry DeArmey May 9 


Mrs. Becky Pappas May 1 


Mrs. Denise Skeen May 1 

This Need Can Be Met 

Each year WMC ladies are asked to contrib- 
ute to the Christian Education offering. Per- 
haps you are wondering exactly what the 
money is used for. The answer—S^W. 

Now you're probably wondering why this 
offering is labeled "Christian Education" 
when it goes to SIVIM. Allow us to explain. 

This offering goes toward the support of 
the director of SMM who works out of the 
Christian Education Department. Miss Judy 
Ashman is the current director, and through 
her effort and that of her predecessor, Mrs. 
Dottie Franks, many of the fine SMM pro- 
grams have been started. Additional money 
from this offering goes toward the sponsor- 
ship of a scholarship to Grace College for the 
SMM Girl of the Year. 

Today, the program of SMM can involve 
each girl in our Fellowship. Programs are 
available for Little Sisters, grades 1-3; Amigas, 
grades 4-6; Lumieres, grades 7-9; and Charis, 
grades 10-12. The girls are encouraged in 
every area of their lives through SMM. Goals 
include: missions, Bible, sewing, music, 
camping, nature, and good grooming. This is a 
sampling from all four levels. 

We WMC ladies have been used by God to 
sponsor this group in many ways. We serve as 
patronesses, we pray, and we give our finan- 
cial support to help them. 

Our set goal as a national organization for 
this offering is $7,000. As our offering goals 
go, it is one of our lower ones. However, last 
year was the first time we have met this goal 
in recent years. This year the goal is higher, 
and we will have to give more to reach it. But, 
WMC ladies, we have made a commitment to 
the Christian Education Department, and we 
should fulfill our commitments. 

WMC's national executive committee feels 
that $7,000 is a reachable goal, especially 
when other offering goals are consistently met 
and sometimes surpassed. SMM is an impor- 
tant ministry when our girls are being taught 
and reached for the Lord. 

The Christian Education offering is col- 
lected by local councils at various times 
throughout the year and by different 
methods, but it is due before April 30, 1982. 
Only $1.50 per member will complete this 

Let's do our best to reach the goal this year 
and contribute to the important ministry of 
SMM. ■ 

uv\ of 
be ^eaF 

jewards are exciting. Being 
)red is fulfilling. But getting 
jnized for such high achieve- 
It was not necessarily what 
pelle had in mind while minis- 
Jig and learning in SMM. Having 
m up through the SMM pro- 
Michelle learned through 
e Sisters, Amigas, Lumiere and 
is the importance of serving 
rs. Her faithfulness in daily 
itionsand memorizing Scrip- 
was something she realized was 
nportant part of her Christian 

was fitting that Michelle, 
hter of Ron and Willa Henry of 
)na Lake, Indiana, was honored 
/ear during Brethren National 
th Conference as the 1981 

Girl of the Year. Michelle re- 
!d a scholarship to Grace College 
was sponsored in partby WMC. 
or 1 1 years she completed all 
iMM goals and memorized a 
ber of books in the Bible. In- 
3ment at church on puppet, 
ia, and quiz teams was a 
ral outgrowth of her desire to 
3. And being an honor society 
ent, as well as other major in- 
jments at school, has allowed 

share Christ with her friends. 

the name of the girls organi- 
n that Michelle Henry attends, 

1 way of life for her. ■ 

Messages from the 

^■*^ ■■/'J 

^oa ^Fc^^cpy Special 

Our theme this year is "You Are 
Very Special." My heart is thrilled 
when I stop to think that I am a 
special creation of God— created by 
Him, redeemed by the blood of 
Jesus, and gifted for special service 
for Him. 

You, too, are God's special crea- 
tion, and He has prepared you for 
special service for Him. WMC gives 
each one of us opportunities to 
serve God and to use the talents 
and gifts He has given us. 

My prayer for each of you is 
that you will be more dedicated in 
your love and service for God. 
Reach out to those around you and 
around the world. Pray faithfully 
for those around you and for our 
missionaries. Give as the Lord has 
prospered you. 

Serve the Lord with a joyful 
heart and let your heart be filled 
with praise to our Wonderful Lord! 
—Marjorie Mayes, Southern Cali- 
fornia/Arizona District 

You are special— very! May we 
realize in a new way God's perfect 
love for each of us, so we can allow 
the truth that "God is the Blessed 
Controller of all things" to grip our 
hearts and lives. Then our confident 
use of our spiritual gifts for His 
glory (not ours!) can bring joy and 
peace to others to whom we minis- 

ter. May It also bring love as well as 
God's blessings to our own relation- 
ship with Him. 

Let us covenant together to trust 
and serve Him through our local, 
district and national WMCs which 
will naturally include our local 
churches.— 7t//7e Hall, Southwest 

You are very special! As a child 
of the King, I trust you already 
know that for certain. But, I know 
as humans there are times we for- 

As we look through Psalm 139, 
we are reminded that God has a 
perfect knowledge of us. He is all- 
knowing. Why? Because, He made 
us. He knows us! 

He knows us through and 
through . . . even to our innermost 
thoughts. In fact, even before we 
were born. He knew us. He is 
present everywhere and is with us 
wherever we go. 

Let us allow God to search out 
and deal with all that is wrong in 
us. God has promised us His 
strength and wisdom. Let us cling 
to that promise. 

"I praise you because I am fear- 
fully and wonderfully made; your 
works are wonderful, I know that 
full well" (Ps. 139:14 m\/).-Barb 
Castator, Indiana District ■ 



- Have you made plans for a special 
birthday month celebration for SMM girls in 
your local church? Make April special in 
celebrating SMM. 

— God has made each person uniquely 
special. Each one has her own "story" to 
tell. Why not incorporate personal testi- 
monies of some of the ladies into your meet- 
ings? It's a great way to get to know one 
another better and see how God is working 
in various lives. 

— This month why not encourage some- 
one with a little note or gift. Let that person 
know you care for her or are praying for her. 
Perhaps do it secretly. Pick a lady who has 
had an illness, is a shut-in, is experiencing 
difficulties in her life, or has someone in her 
family who has been sick. You never know 
what a great encouragement you may be to 

- Send your BSLV student an Easter 
card and continue to pray for her. 

— When planning for a mother/daughter 
or mother/son banquet, consider something 
different. Try a picnic at a park or zoo, a 
progressive restaurant dinner, or a tea. 

- Be sure to pray for your local, district, 
and national officers. 

-Take time to read the three WMC 
Reading Circle books. They are excellent 
and a great way to relax. ■ 


by Nora Macon 

I overslept. The crash of the large metal can dropped by the 
trash men outside my window startled me out of my sleep. 

"What are they doing here so early in the morning?" I grum- 
bled to myself as I slipped on my glasses and peered at the clock. 
"Seven thirty! My alarm didn't go off! I'm going to be late for 

I dashed into the bathroom, plugged in my curling iron, and 
started running water for my shower. Of all mornings for this to 
happen! Our office staff has a prayer meeting every Tuesday begin- 
ning promptly at 8 a.m. How I hate to walk in late! 

Jumping into my clothes (good thing I had laid them out the 
night before), I glanced at my watch. "Seven forty-five. Hmmmm 
. . . not too bad," I mused while curling my hair. 

Sprinting to the kitchen, I plopped an English muffin into the 
toaster and tied my shoes while waiting for my breakfast to pop 

Grabbing the muffin, I raced to my car. "Hope there's not a 
lot of traffic!" 

I made it to work without having to stop. Seven fifty-eight. 
"Thank you. Lord, for getting me here on time." 

Later on in the day, I began to think about the morning's 
events. My clock-radio had failed me. Maybe it was caused by a 
short in the wiring. How I depended on that alarm to wake me up 
each morning. I trusted it. I had faith in it. 

"That's getting a little ridiculous," I told myself. "Having faith 
in a clock!" 

But I do put a lot of faith in many household gadgets. When I 
plugged in my curling iron, I had the faith it would be hot in a 
few minutes. I didn't even think as I turned on the shower; I 
knew water would spew forth. I depended on my watch to give 
the right time. I even had faith in my toaster that it would brown 
the muffin and not burn it. 

I began to think how many times my gadgets or mechanical 
"things" let me down. My car disappoints me a lot, but as soon as 
the mechanic looks, it hums like a bee. The electric can opener 
sputtered to a stop half way around a can of green beans. The gar- 
bage disposal didn't work right after I had filled it with potato 
peels and onion skins. And the belt on the vacuum sweeper broke 
right when I was cleaning up pine needles from the Christmas 

Yet, I still continue to trust these devices and put my faith in 
them. And I know that eventually they will break and cease to 

"Lord, please forgive me for placing more faith and trust in 
mechanical things than I do in You. You are always there, never 
failing, doing what is best for me, and yet I continue to try to run 
my own life. Please help me to have more faith in You so that I 
turn to You automatically, giving You everything that comes into 
my life without even thinking about it. Lord, help me to fully 
trust in You. And thank You for all those gadgets You have given 
to me. In the name of Jesus, the Ever-Faithful, Amen." 

"And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who 
comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder 
of those who seek Him" (Heb. 1 1 :6 NASB). 

". . . for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He 
will not fail you or forsake you" (Deut. 31:6 NASB cf. Heb. 

"Jesus Christ is the same yesL^.nay and today yes and for- 
ever" {Heb. 13:8 NASB). ■ 


(Continued from page 15) 

the road elephants had destroyed 
some gardens, and the villagers had 
shot two. It seemed a rather exotic 
answer to prayer, but we bought 
some elephant meat. 

That afternoon, a drunk man 
showed up wanting to sell a turtle. 
My fellow missionaries began mak- 
ing remarks that "maybe you should 
stop praying for meat." The next 
day we were able to buy ordinary 

We chuckled at God's sense of 
humor, and in a small way our faith 
was increased as we saw that God 
took a very personal interest in the 
difficulties of our everyday lives. It 
gave us faith to pray for more rain, 
because it was essential that the 
African gardens have a couple more 
rains or they would lose their crops. 
Though it appeared that the rains 
had stopped, they started again. It 
rained every day for a week, 
enough to assure a good cotton 

That increased our faith a bit 
more, and we were able to pray for 
the relationships among our nurses' 
wives, who were arguing to the 
point that one of the wives became 

sick. We can see that God is be- 
ginning to work in their hearts. As 
we see these answers to prayer, it 
makes us have more faith, and it 
makes us remark to one another, 
"Don't we have a great God ! ' 
There is nothing too small to merit 
His attention; there is nothing too 
big to blunt His power." 

The fourth thing that seems im- 
portant to me in praying the prayer 
of faith is ta/<ing time to l<now 
God's will in the matter. We need 
to preface prayer with meditation. 
We need to be familiar with God's 
Word so that we are praying within 
His will. We should spend time 
waiting upon God to know His will 
before we proceed with our re- 
quests. Many good desires come 
from our own will and not from 
God. We need to ask God that the 
Holy Spirit will guide us, so we get 
our requests from Him personally. 

This sounds complicated until 
you stop to remember that often 
God has burdened your heart to 
pray for a certain thing or person or 
situation. When you have prayed 
that prayer, God has answered and 
your faith has been strengthened. 

Fifth, it is important to be 
specific in prayer. Instead of pray- 
ing, "God bless so-and-so," or "And 
we pray for so-and-so," we must 
make definite requests. Many 
people never know when they 
receive answers to prayer. They 
can't recognize the answers since 
they didn't pray specifically. Mr. 
Fraser remarked concerning this: 

Satan's tactics seem to be as 
follows: he will first of all oppose 
our breaking through to the place 
of a real, living faith. He detests 
the prayer of faith, for it is an 
authoritative notice to quit. He 
does not mind rambling, carnal 
prayers, for they do not harm him 
much. This is why it is so diffi- 
cult to attain to a definite faith in 
God for a definite object. 

There is so much more that 
could be said about prayer. But 
these are five things which God has 
impressed upon my mind lately. 

We must realize that it is not our 
faith which causes prayer to work, 
but it is God in whom we place our 
faith and He works through prayer. 

Lord, give us more prayer war- 
riors who will practice these five 
principles. ■ 

Mexican Moderator Called Home 

Nicolas Montelongo jumped on his clunky, old motor- 
cycle and headed for the highway. He had just finished re- 
cording a commentary on the Antichrist for a church in Mex- 
ican and was going to his job as a waiter. 

He never made it. 

Mr. Montelongo was lay pastor at one of the Grace 
Brethren churches in Tijuana and was moderator for the 
Mexican GBC conference. On January 13, he died in what 
authorities described as an accidental fall on his way to work. 

From the accounts of investigators and others, this is 
what happened: 

Before leaving home that night. Pastor Montelongo 
called his boss to say that his motorcycle had been acting up 
and It might delay his arrival for the start of the evening shift. 

The motorcycle apparently stalled near the center divider 
of State Highway 94. Nicolas dismounted, walked to a 
telephone, and called Missionary Jack Churchill. He asked 
Jack to bring some material to repair the bike. They agreed 
to meet at Montelongo's motorcycle. 

Mr. Churchill arrived soon after, found the motorcycle, 
but was unable to locate Montelongo. Alarmed, the mission- 
ary called NIcolas's wife, then notified the police. 

By that time, Montelongo's body had been discovered. He 
had apparently fallen from the edge of the highway bridge to 
the shoulder of Interstate 805 far below. Passersby found the 
body and called the police. 

Montelongo was very active in our work in Mexico. As 
moderator, he was energetically organizing the coming year 
and Initiating new activities. 

Nicolas was born In Durango, Mexico, the youngest of 
nine children. He had been a U.S. citizen for ten years and 
lived with his wife and two children in San Diego. His experi- 
ences as a combat soldier In the Vietnam war caused him to 
turn to Jesus. The Montelongo family joined the Grace 
Brethren Church six years ago. 

"It wasn't a question of just going to church on Sunday," 
Mrs. Montelongo says of her husband. "He never did any- 
thing halfway. He devoted himself, body and soul, to the 

Nicolas had no formal theological training, but he studied 
dally and spent his spare time helping to organize the Fellow- 
ship In Tijuana, Mexicali, and San Luis. 

A memorial service was held on January 18 at his church 
In Tijuana. People in his community recall Nicolas as having a 
good sense of humor, strong character, and rigid self- 
discipline. His boss noted that he "commanded a lot of 

We praise the Lord for the testimony of this faithful 
servant of God and for His work in our Mexican churches. 
Pray for his wife and children during this time of adjustment 
and for the Fellowship of Mexican Grace Brethren Churches ■ 

(Continued from page 23) 

Patty Abbott and Steve Auld, Dec. 19, Grace Brethren 
Church of Greater Washington, Washington, D.C. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

FERRIER, Harry E.. Jr., 62, Sept. 10. He faithfully attended 
the First Brethren Church of Johnstown, Pa., and was a 
member of the Gleaners' Class. Charles Martin, pastor. 
HENDRICKS, Charles ("Dick"). 64, Nov. 27. He was a 
member of the Bethel Brethren Church of Berne, Ind. Larry 
Edwards, pastor. 

JONES, Ifan L., 67, Oct. 9. He was a member of the First 
Brethren Church of Johnstown, Pa. He was a son of Professor 
Jones who was music director of the church for many years. 
Charles Martin, pastor. 

WEBER, Russell H., 67, Dec. 12. He had pastored churches 
in Harrisburg, Manheim, York, Baden, Johnstown, and Pal- 
myra, Pa.; Hagerstown, Md.; and Roanoke, Va. Rev. Ulysses 
Gingrich and Dr. Nathan Meyer participated in the memorial 


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P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Dicks Honored at 

Winchester, Va,, 

for 40 Years of Service. 

Rev. and Mrs. (Esther) Paul Dick came to Win- 
chester, Virginia, just before Pearl Harbor in 1941. 
The congregation numbered about 40 people, and the 
church building was very small. Through years of 
faithfully preaching and teaching the Word of God, 
and after several major building programs involving 
the church sanctuary and Sunday school building, the 
present church membership is more than 500. Pastor 
Dick was also pastor of a small church at nearby 
Seven Fountains, where he preached every other Sat- 
urday night. 

Since his coming to Winchester, Pastor Dick has 
broadcast the "Faith of Our Fathers" radio program, 
aired each Sunday morning for 30 minutes. For many 
years the broadcasts had been live, but more recently 
they have been taped. The weekly broadcast has had 
a large following in Winchester and many, many souls 
have been saved and lives changed as a result of the 

Esther Dick was the church organist for 40 years, 
and her music on the organ and piano was a vital part 
of their ministry. She was widely acclaimed as one of 
the best pianists in the area. She worked tirelessly 
with the choir and other groups who provided special 
music for the church services. 

Pastor Dick has served for many years on the 
board of directors of Grace Schools, on the Brethren 
Home Missions Council, and has served as moderator 
of the national conference and as president of the 
national ministerium. 

On Sunday afternoon, September 27, 1981, the 
church held a farewell service and reception for 
Pastor and Mrs. Dick. The church presented the fol- 
lowing to the Dicks: 

1 A check for a substantial sum, donated by mem- 
bers and designated "Pastor's Home Fund" 

2 An oil portrait of the Dicks surrounded by high- 
lights of their ministry 

3 A scrapbook compiled by the church, consist- 
ing of a page done by each family in the church 

4 A tape recording of the farewell service 

Through the years, their ministry has resulted in 
the salvation of countless precious souls, and they 
have been responsible for the spiritual growth of 
many Christians. As a church, we were grateful for 
the opportunity to express our appreciation to Pastor 
and Mrs. Dick for their faithful service. ■ 

-Submitted by E. E. (Chet) Martin 


". . . and he rested on 
the seventh day from all 
his work . . . (Gen. 2:2). 

". . . he that ploweth 
should plow in hope; and 
he that thresheth in hope 
should be partaker of his 
hope"{^ Cor. 9:10). 

"Let him that is taught 
in the word communicate 
[share with him J unto 
him that teacheth in all 
good things" (Gal. 6:6). 

The plow, well worn, 
now rests againsc the 
cross. We are the sheaves 
of grain, the fruit of 
many years of faithful 

We do have an obligation as Christians, to provide for the THE SABBATH 
YEARS of our pastors and their widows. 

The Board of Ministerial Emergency and Retirement Benefits of the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches, Incorporated, is presently aiding 22 retired pastors and 12 
pastors' widows with substantial monthly payments. 

These payments are made possible by the generosity of Brethren churches with 
the payment of 4 percent of the salary they pay their pastors. The pastor becomes a 
part of the retirement program when he cooperates with the payment of 1 percent 
of his salary. 

Ask your church treasurer, "Is our church cooperating?" 

Clair E. Brickel, Secy.-Treas. 
14319 Brookvilie-Pyrmont Rd. 
Brookville, Ohio 45309 





by Denny Brown 

Assistant Director of Development 
Grace Scfiools 

Since August 1981, Jerry Twombly, direc- 
tor of Alumni Relations and Extension Minis- 
tries, and I have been traveling to each Grace 
Brethren district enlisting support for the 
Grace Schools Pursuing Priorities Campaign 
for the 1980s. 

Campaigns have already culminated with 
banquets in several districts. We are seeing a 

host of Grace Brethren people jump on the 
"Grace Bandwagon" to help push our $5 
million five-year goal through 1986 over the 
top. There are two incidents that stand out 
when we see the mountain of commitment it 
will take to raise the $5 million goal needed 
for the first phase of the campaign. 

Last July, Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., presi- 
dent, sent a letter to 50 special friends of 
Grace. The letter asked each to pray about 
making a substantial commitment for the 
next five years. Let me share just two of the 
responses that serve as boosters to our spirits 
in this campaign. 

One response came from a person in her 
eighties and she shared with us her being with 

the Lord in five years was a distinct possi- 
bility. However, she stated her belief that 
Grace Schools is essential to the ministry of 
our Fellowship and that until the Lord called 
her honne, she would strive to send $100 a 
month to the Pursuing Priorities Campaign. 

As Jerry and I were traveling together, we 
had a brief respite with a longtime supporter 
of Grace. He is a supporter not only with his 
prayers, but also with his children and his 
checkbook. We were able to spend a good 
deal of time with him and one thing he shared 
with great emphasis was that "Grace Schools 
are the best-kept secrets in the nation!" 

He then took it upon himself to arrange 
time for Dr. Kent, Jerry, and myself to appear 
on two radio talk-shows while he personally 
paid for advertising over the local media for 
the area P.G.S. He also hosted one of the dis- 
trict banquets at his own business. 

In order to reach the goal of the Pursuing 
Priorities Campaign, we will need assistance 
from everyone of our Grace Brethren families. 
The response from these two people are in- 
dicative of the kind of support we receive 
from scores of Grace Brethren people. 

The year 1981 saw two significant improve- 
ments take place on the Grace campus. The 
most notable came in the form of the ex- 
panded Alpha Hall Dining Commons, which 
more than doubled the cafeteria's seating 
capacity from 260 to 616. A second service 
line was added, and the salad and beverage 
bars were expanded. The dining commons 
also features several smaller conference rooms 
which can be partitioned off to serve the 
needs of private groups. 

A second significant improvement to the 
campus in 1981 was the expansion of the col- 
lege's art gallery. In addition to spacious class- 
rooms, the new art gallery in Colonial Hall is 
large enough to display much larger exhibits. 

The next phase of the Pursuing Priorities 
Campaign is a centralized student services 
center to care for students' needs more effi- 
ciently. The climax of the first half of the 
capital campaign would be a Fine Arts Com- 
plex, with a 2,500 seat auditorium, to be 
erected to the west of McClain Hall on the 
Grace campus. Grace officials are presently 
evaluating the complex with key concerns be- 
ing structural soundness, energy conservation 
and overall cost. 

Priorities for phase two of the plan through 

the rest of the 80s would include seminary 
housing and completion of the Fine Arts 
Complex for speech, music and art depart- 
ments. The second phase would involve an- 
other $5 million, making a $10 million total 
need for the decade. 

It is exciting as we see Grace Brethren 
people across our Fellowship responding to 
the financial challenge presented by the Pur- 
suing Priorities Campaign. One of the bulletin 
inserts that is used during the four-week 
church emphasis states "If every Grace Breth- 
ren family would commit one dollar a week 
to Grace over and above their regular offering, 
the goal would be easily reached." One dollar 
a week, even in these financially perilous 
times, could make the difference. 

In the campaign we are making a sincere 
effort to present the needs. If we are going to 
be able to continue the Grace tradition of 
quality Christian education, these needs must 
be met. This tradition can be continued only 
if the Grace Brethren people continue to be 
receptive to God's leading when challenges are 

Yes, we need you! No, we cannot continue 
to survive without you. The Pursuing Priorities 
Campaign is a bold step in establishing not 
needs for the future, but actual needs that 
confront us and exist right now! ■ 


(As of January 20, 1982) 

Grace Brethren Churches .... $ 24,802 

Alumni 298,706 

Trustees 177,805 

Faculty /Staff 102,420 

Students 42,999 

Parents 13,850 

Special Friends 2,855 

Grants (Foundations) 53,500 

Leadership Gifts 35,600 

Community Support 74,611 

Matching Gifts 1,705 

Total Cash Pledges $828,853 

Renovated Seminar 

The 1981 national WMC project 
was designated for refurbisliing of 
tfie Grace Theological Seminary 
lounge in McClain Hall. The photos 
show how much the newly reno- 
vated facilities are used by the semi- 

Mrs. Dan Pacheco, President 

Women's Missionary Council of tiie Grace Bretfiren Church 

Dear WMC Friends: 

Any expression of gratitude 
concerning the recent reno- 
vation of our seminary lounge 
can only be appreciated when 
one understands what "the 
lounge" means to us. No, we 
are we living in dorms where 
we can sit around and just 
relax while solving all of the 
world's most pressing issues. 
No, we're in the seminary now 
and we've got to take life a 
little more seriously than we 
did in college. But it sure is 

nice to have "our lounge. " 
I never have been able to 
figure out what happens on 
that flight of stairs which sep 
rates the seminary chapel froi 
the seminary lounge. At 70: 
a.m., when chapel lets out, tf,', 
stair assumes the profile of a 
Saturday afternoon at K-Mar 
during the blue light specials. 
We really do appreciate "our 
lounge. " 

Yes, the lounge is the plac 
where we let our hair down 
(before it falls out) and indul, 
in some of the finest donuts 
and coffee the world has evei 
known. Yet, it is much more 
than that. Many encouraging 
words have been shared over 
coffee in our lounge which 
may (humanly speaking) /7ai/«; 
prevented some struggling 
scholar from dropping out an 
going back to selling shoes. 
Many a missionary or pastor 
has given direction to the 
missionaries and pastors of fti' 
morrow by acquainting them 
with the spiritual needs arou, 
the world. Many a friendshif 
has been formed there which 



vill last for eternity. 

What would we do without 
lur lounge . . . I'm not sure, 
''hank you for your generous 
'ift, concern and prayers. I 
believe that God has and will 
ontinue to use them. 

,jlfincerely in Christ, 



*ave Deuel 
itudent Body President 

News Notes 


Twenty-one students from six states participated 
in the third annual capping ceremony of the Grace 
College Department of Nursing held at the Winona 
Lake Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Indiana, 
on December 16, 1981. 

Class members capped included: Debra Braun, 
Morton, Illinois; Kimberly Cross, New Freedom, 
Pennsylvania; Kathryn Drake, Tremont, Illinois; 
Laurie Funk, Hagerstown, Maryland; Diane Hippie, 
Morton, Illinois; Beverly Hogdon, Salem, Ohio; Kathy 
La Rue, Meyersdale, Pennsylvania; Debra Moyer, Perk- 
asie, Pennsylvania; JoAnn Sarver, Berlin, Pennsyl- 
vania; Sandra Sayne, Johnstown, Pennsylvania; Amy 
Sellers, Martinsburg, Pennsylvania; Debby Thuringer, 
Troy, Michigan; Cheryl Tweeddale, Telford, Pennsyl- 
vania; and Janice Westbrook, Somonauk, Illinois. 
Also, from Indiana: Cheryl Lanier, Winona Lake; 
Beth Sarapta, Warsaw; Lori Black, Brownsburg; Kelly 
Howard, Rochester; Jacquelyn Hueni, Bremen; and 
Rhonda Nelson, Elkhart. 

Three scholarships for high academic achievement 
were presented to first-year students Beth Sarapata 
and Lori Black, and to second-level student Kelli 
Beer, New Paris, Indiana. Mrs. Debra Cooley, Route 
2, Leesburg, Indiana, gave the scholarships. Two 
other scholarships were funded by Mrs. Virginia 
Woody, a member of the Grace Brethren Church in 
Roanoke, Virginia. Thesescholarships went to second- 
level students Rebecca Cleveland, Crawfordsville, In- 
diana; and Cathy Goss, Mount Carroll, Illinois, for 
their achievement of clinical excellence. 

Associate Dean of Students Miriam Uphouse 
brought a Scriptural challenge to the class. Mrs. 
Barbara Woodring is the director of the Grace nursing 
program. ■ 


is as follows: 

In Memory of : 

Mrs. Kenneth Ashman 

Mrs. Opal Beach 
Mr. Charles H. Raid 
Mr. Homer McCoy 
Mrs. Helen Greatrex 
Mrs. Anna M. Baker 

Given by : 

Rev. and Mrs. Paul E. Dick 
West Homer Brethren Church 

Homerville, Ohio 
IVIrs. Raymond Hord 
iVlr. and IVlrs. IVlark Sanders 
Miss Laura A. Hall 
Rosetta Gropenbacker 
Mr. and Mrs. John Hood 

I would like you to b 
come involved in the large; i 
undertaking in the history c'l 
Grace College and Seminary 
The Pursuing Priorities Car- 
paign is a bold step of faith 
raise S10 million in t 
years to accommodate t: 
overcrowded conditions, nee 
for program expansion, "' 
student aid. 

We cannot expect to rrtel'! 
that financial goal withot.. 
the help of God's pf " 
God has blessed i 
Schools since its incep 
1937. The challenge beifor 
our founding fathers r — '-" 
by far surpass the fini 
challenge we face today. ] 

Would you pray a 
becoming involved in 
Pursuing Priorities Campaign' 
We cannot succeed without 

President, Grace Schoo 

Amt. E.'Kd. S-s, 

^iiiirsliCour Priorities 

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svailabie if desired. Pie^e indicate means of 
payment below; 

each, semi-annually, over period years. 

eadi, annually, over period of years. 

each, a Week, 3 Month, aCkiarter. 

I intend to start my commitment paymente f^a/Lti^ 30 19& 

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Reflections By Still Waters 

Have All 


Charles W. Turner 


A sign appeared in the communi- 
ty of Winona Lake, Indiana, and it 
read "Optimists Sponsor Ciiili Sup- 
per." It went on to explain that the 
proceeds of the dinner would be for 
the purpose of purchasing a warn- 
ing signal at the local grade school 
crossing. Being a former pastor in 
the Brethren Church, three thoughts 
came to my mind immediately. 
Three, because sermons generally 
come packaged that way, and we 
Brethren tend to think in threes- 
Baptism, the Trinity, Communion; 
and having three children are all 
good Brethren beliefs. 

The three thoughts about the 

sign were: First of all, I do like 
chili; secondly, the school-crossing 
sign is right near the Herald Build- 
ing and that would be nice; and 
third was that I have not seen an 
optimist for so long I wondered 
what one looked like. To my 
delight the ticket-taker was cheer- 
ful, the chili ladler in the kitchen 
grinned as he gave me a large 
portion. The man in charge of the 
coffee and orange punch smiled as 
he poured the beverages. The 
Optimists looked very optimistic to 
me; that was, until I asked how the 
sales were going for the day. His 
answer conveyed the impression 
that they were just short of real 
bad. I detected a note of pessimism 
in his answer. 

Now my dictionary tells me that 

an optimist is "one who habitually, 
or in a particular case, expects a 
favorable outcome." By this defini- 
tion optimists are getting scarcer 
than a good cheap automobile. 
Have lunch with your favorite car 
salesman and ask him how business 
is these days. If you survive the 
event without thinning down your 
milk with tears, it has been a good 
day. Or you might ask your neigh- 
bor who builds or sells houses 
about the day's activities. If you 
find an optimist at this point, my 
advice is to get him/her off for 
medical help as soon as possible. If 
you see your local savings and loan 
banker looking cheerful; he needs 
immediate help as well. 

With unemployment up, banks 
having troubles, the economy in a 
mess and interest rates up next to 
the Goodyear Blimp, it certainly is 
a little difficult to be an out-and-out 
optimist. But do not despair; there 
is hope, and it comes in good sup- 
ply. All is not lost— it just looks 
that way when you have your earth 
vision spectacles on. Now I admit 
and must frankly confess that I 
believe it is going to get a lot worse 
before it gets a lot better, but God 
did not tell us to stop and mope 
when it is not going right. He 
told us, "This is the day which the 
Lord hath made . . . rejoice and be 
glad in it" (Ps. 118:24). 

Now Christianity is not going to 
put people back to building houses 
and cars. Nor is it going to bring 
down interest rates! But It is going 
to supply the kind of life that is the 
best in good times or in bad. Christ 
never told us life will be composed 
of the things that can be seen, but 
rather of a right relationship with 
God, through Jesus Christ. All 
things being equal, we as Christians 
would prefer that material things 
would come easy, that our lives be 
empty of pain and sufferings, and 
our bank accounts all be full. But 
the choices are not all ours; nor do 
we have control over the affairs of 
the earthly domain. 

But an optimist "expects a 
favorable outcome" and I happen 
to be a Christian optimist because 
with Christ it will all "outcome" 
very well! 

APRIL '82; 




Volume 44 Number 4 April 1982 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
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Departmental Editors: 

Christian Education: 

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John Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 

Grace Brethren Men: 

Harold Hollinger 

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Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Don Cramer 

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Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 

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Nora Macon 




A Day with Two "R's" 

The Training of a National Leader 

Trusting in Jesus 

Reaching the Top 

Love: Origin and Obligation 

"Building a Greater Church Planting Ministry" 

Continuing Steadfastly in Melbourne, Florida 

Ac'cent on Youth 

The Caring System: The Part You Can't Put in a Box 

Where Have All the Heroes Gone? 

The Ministry of a Man 

Are You Prepared? 

Steve Griffith, Senior Soccer Player Honored 

On Tour 

binh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 23 • 

reported in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1947 

Al Balzer reported that "Today we saw 
our first native baptism in Africa." . . . The 
Gospel Truth Radio Broadcast of the Nation- 
al Brethren Radio Hour was heard over nine 
stations throughout the U.S. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1967 

B.M.H. gave a gift to pay for a printing 
press to the Argentine field. . . . Rev. Ron 
Thompson resigned from the staff of the 
Board of Evangelism and became pastor of 
the Patterson Memorial Brethren Church in 
Roanoke, Virginia. i 

5 YEARS AGO - 1977 

Dr. Lehman Strauss was announced as 
one of the featured speakers at national con- 
ference in August. . . . Columbus (Ohio) 
East Side announced the dedication of their 
newfacility, Richard Sellers, pastor. . . . Bell- 
flower dedicated a new worship center, Ed- 
win Cashman, pastor. 

National Conference Outlook 

The opening Saturday night concert, 
sponsored by the Herald Ministries, will 
feature Christine Wyrtzen. It will begin at 
8:00 p.m. and will be an inspirational opener 
for conference. 

Watch next month's Herald for details 
about car rentals while at conference. The 
California committee has worked out a very 
special SPECIAL for you. But it must be 
worked according to instructions. Instruc- 
tions will appear in next month's Herald. 

Special airline fares are available through 
most airlines. Be certain to obtain the best 
rates possible. If you plan to go on the 
Hawaii tour, rates to California from Chicago 
can be as low as $100 round trip. 

Reservations are available at Rancho Las 
Palmas Resort; and if you do not have reser- 
vations in, do so soon. I visited there in 
January and the resort is beautiful. Reserva- 
tion forms were in the November issue of 
the Herald, and are still available upon re- 

Cover photo: Ivanildo and Nazare Trin- 
dade have arrived from Brazil to study at 
Grace Theological Seminary. (Photo by 
Gordon Austin) 

i APRIL '82 

A Day with Two "R's" 

Ramon, Nicolas Montelongo, and Romel 

by Jack Churchill 

You've heard of the three R's— 
reading, 'riting, and 'rithmatic. Why 
not learn about two more R's? Let 
me introduce you to Ramon Angel 
Gonz&lez Villaseiior and Romel 
Garcia Beristain. 

If you look carefully at the string 
of given names and surnames, all re- 
quired in a proper Latin introduc- 
tion, you will discover the two 
R's— Ram&n and Romel. 

Both men are members of the 
youngest of the three Brethren 
churches in Tijuana, Mexico (a city 
now claiming one million inhabi- 
tants), the Good Shepherd Church. 
Most churches in Mexico try to 
identify themselves locally by some 
biblical name. 

Ram6n and Romel have similar 
stories of conversion. Each was in- 

fluenced by a Christian mother and 
by the teaching of the Gospel in the 
little hillside church near where he 
lived. They both had personal en- 
counters with the Saviour and then 
were challenged to do something 
with the lives that now belonged to 

As they became involved in 
youth activities, church responsi- 
bilities and evangelistic outreach, 
they sensed a need for further train- 
ing. In the fall of 1979, both en- 
rolled in the Tecate Bible Institute, 
located near Tijuana, and studied 
the prescribed two-year course. At 
the same time they continued their 
secondary education in the local 
high school during the evening 

The third year of the institute 
course includes practical training 
and experience in a local church. 

That is the stage they are involved 
in now. 

Let's stop a minute and follow 
Ram6n to see what he does on 
Tuesdays. He lives with his parents 
and eight or nine brothers and 
sisters, spending very little time at 
home, however. He gets up at 5 
a.m., so he can attend high school 
classes by 7 a.m. His classes are 
finished by noon, then it's home 
for lunch unless he has to be else- 
where. In that case, it's a quick 
taco on the run! 

Today he has lunch at home and 
reviews the study he will give to- 
night at one of the two Brethren 
churches he has been assigned. At 3 
p.m. the missionary responsible for 
overseeing his activities and report- 
ing to the institute every three 
months stops by. They have a time 
of prayer together, then drive to an- 
other part of Tijuana for a visit in 
a home. The men often wonder, 
"How long before they really 
understand and respond? Patience 
and love is our part; the Holy Spirit 
will do His." 

Now it is 6:30 p.m., time to go 
to the church. 

Ram&n plays his guitar while 
one of the laymen leads the song 
service and prayer time. Ram&n 
steps to the pulpit to lead the study 
of evangelism. He promotes a good 
discussion on the subject and makes 
some pointed applications. The 
folks like his enthusiasm and sin- 
cere ways. 

APRIL '82: 

The after-service could easily go 
on for a long time, because folks 
crowd around him and want him to 
play some new choruses they are 
trying to learn. Soon it is time to 
leave or he will miss his bus from 
downtown to where he lives. 

The missionary drops him off at 
his bus stop, and they part with a 
firm handshake and a "Buenos 
noches, hermano." It is a joy to 
work with this eager young brother! 
Of course, Tuesday is not the only 
day he is busy. Sundays are full at 
this same church, and on Wednes- 
days, Fridays, and Saturdays he 
helps with Bible studies and youth 
activities at another Brethren 
church in the city. 

But let's see what the other "R" 
is doing. 

Romel is busy, busy, busy! He 
has a job at a savings institution 
with offices in downtown Tijuana. 
On weekdays Romel covers differ- 
ent areas of the city calling on cus- 
tomers until 2 p.m. Recently he 
was able to park his old bicycle and 
make a down payment on a moped. 
Tijuana's hilly streets are easier to 
handle now. 

Romel interns at his home 
church. The Good Shepherd. Since 
Tuesday nights are for Bible study 
and prayer, he doesn't take the bus 
to Tecate for his high school classes 

. r 

Ramon tries out Romel's new moped while some friends watch. 

as he does other days. (He was not 
able to transfer to Tijuana as 
RamSn did.) 

After reviewing his material for 
the study, Romel calls in the home 
of some newcomers to the area. 
They are involved in one of the 
cults but have allowed their chil- 
dren to come to Sunday school. 
Romel keeps in touch with these 
people and trusts the Lord for re- 

Romel was supervised by his 
own pastor, Nicolas Montelongo. 
Nicolas was killed by an accident 
on a San Diego freeway (see the 
March Herald). Now more than 
ever, Romel is needed in his church. 

Romel, like his fellow "R," has 
an enthusiastic love for the Lord 
and an earnest desire to serve Him. 
He is the president of the Brethren 
Youth Committee in Mexico, being 
responsible for keeping in touch 

Ramon leads the singing. 

with the young people of all the 
churches and for organizing rallies 
every three months. 

We acquire the three R's as a 
part of our basic education in order 
to participate in the round of daily 
life. Will you please take these two 
new R's you've just met and make 
them a part of your daily prayer 
life? ■ 

The Training of a 
National Leader 

Greeted by mounds of snow 
and ice and cold Indiana weather, 
Ivanildo and Nazare Trindade ar- 
rived at the Fort Wayne airport. It 
was a big change from the 80° 
weather of the city they left— Be- 
lem, Brazil. 

The Trindades have come to the 
States so Ivanildo can study at 
Grace Seminary. They are being 
sponsored by the Brazilian national 
church and Grace Brethren Foreign 

Ivanildo is the son of Eualio 
Trindade, who was saved through 

the river ministry of Bill Burk. Cur- 
rently Eualio is the pastor of the 
Macapa Brethren Church. 

Coming from a family of nine 
children, six boys and three girls, 
Ivanildo is next to the oldest. He 
was saved at age three through his 
parents' guidance. 

In 1977, Ivanildo became the 
first Brethren student to go to the 
University of Belem. Now at least 
fourteen Brethren students attend, 
with two or three being accepted 
every year. It is very, very hard to 
be admitted. This year 21,000 

people took the entrance test, and 
only 2,000 were accepted. Ivanildo 
studied Portuguese and literature 
and was graduated with the Brazil- 
ian equivalent of a B.A. degree in 
education. He will be working 
toward the M.Div. degree at Grace. 

Nazare grew up in a family of six 
children and attended the Coqueiro 
church. She and Ivanildo met in the 
church. They knew each other for 
several years before they started go- 
ing together. Ivanildo and Nazare 
were married this past summer on 
July 9. 

Ivanildo is studying at Grace so 
he can return to his country and 
help set up higher levels of theologi- 
cal training there. He is fluent in 
English, but she is attempting to 
learn the language. 

This year a Bible institute is be- 
ing started in Belem. Missionary 
George Johnson is working with 
this school. 

Hoping to teach at this institute 
when he returns to Belem, Ivanildo 
explains his concern: "One of the 
main needs in Brazil is training 
youth. It is our responsibility to 
train them. We have many, many 
young people who desire to serve 
the Lord, and we have to give them 
the opportunity for training." 

Please pray for Ivanildo (pro- 
nounced E-ven-ill-doo) and Nazare 
(Naw-zaw-reh) as they adapt to the 
climate, the culture, and the system 
of education. ■ 

(FMS Editor's note: Those wishing 
to help with the educational and 
living expenses of the Trindades can 
do so by sending contributions to 
the Brazilian Student Fund, P.O. 
Box 588, Winona Lake, Indiana 
46590. Thank you.) 



APRIL '82: 

Trusting in Jesus 

by M. Dessikida Jonas 

I give many thanks to God for 
the great things He has done for 
me. He has kept me from the begin- 
ning of my life when I was a child 
even until the day He called me in- 
to His work. 

I was born in 1953 in the village 
of Baga in the Central African Re- 
public. My parents had 15 children, 
five of whom died. My father was a 
pastor. I was eight years old when 
an older brother explained to me 
how to be saved, and I accepted 
Christ as my Saviour. My father 
taught us all about the Lord. How- 
ever, some of my brothers and sis- 
ters have left the way of the Lord 
and are walking according to the 
way of the world. 

I came to Bible Institute in 1979 
after attending Elementary Bible 
School for three years at Batangafo. 
While in Elementary Bible School, I 

Jonas and Marie 

met and married my wife, Berekoue 

I now want to tell you of the ac- 
cident that befell my wife. In Janu- 
ary of 1981, when I was on vaca- 
tion in Bangui, I heard that a 
Yamaha motorcyle had hit my 
wife. It was like death really; Marie 
was almost killed. She was uncon- 
scious for eleven days. But, thanks 
be to God, He heard the many 
prayers of His people and returned 
her to life. 

My brothers and sisters, I see no 

other god of this world who could 
do such a large miracle. It is good if 
you trust in Jesus. When things are 
too much for you, where else can 
you go to find a hiding place? 
Come to Jesus. He will work for 
you in all hard things. 

James 5:16 tells us that the 
prayer of a righteous man does 
much. Psalm 37:5 says, "Commit 
thy way unto the Lord; trust also in 
Him, and He shall bring it to pass." 
God never leaves His people when 
hard things come to them. ■ 

(FMS editor's note: Jonas and Marie liave no children. This is a 
cause for sorrow. Yet their trust is in the Lord. Marie still has 
some dizzy spells, but was graduated with her husband from 
Bible Institute in September of 1981. They look forward to 
serving the Lord as pastor and wife in the Batangafo district.) 


Top Thirty Churches 

in Giving to 
Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 

1 . Grace Brethren Church, Columbus, Ohio $1 15,175.06 

2. Grace Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio 96,249.65 

3. Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif. 81,578.13 

4. North Long Beach Brethren Church, Long Beach, 

Calif. 41 ,746.05 

5. Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, 

Ind 39,333.04 

6. Ireland Road Grace Brethren Church, South Bend, 

Ind 37,832.75 

7. Community Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. . . 36,565.59 

8. Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pa 34,880.16 

9. Grace Brethren Church, /ls/7/o/7a', Ohio 33,620.00 

10. Grace Brethren Church, IVIansfield, Ohio 33,604.88 

1 1 . Riverside Grace Brethren Church, J ohnstown. Pa. ... 25,848.00 

12. Bellflower Brethren Church, Bellf lower, Calif. 25,435.09 

13. Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Ind. . . . 21,170.00 
U.Grace Brethren Church, West Kittanning, Pa 20,814.08 

15. Myerstown Grace Brethren Church, A7yersfowA7, Po. .. 20,007.76 

16. Grace Brethren Church, Lancaster, Pa 18,675.72 

17. First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, Ind 18,633.85 

18. Grace Brethren Church, Fort Lauderdale, Fla 18,469.32 

19. Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif 18,134.00 

20. First Brethren Church, Rittman, Ohio 17,996.75 

21 . Conemaugh Grace Brethren Church, Conemaugh, Pa. . 1 7,1 39.1 6 

22. Big Valley Grace Community Church, IVIodesto, Calif 1 6,932.1 7 

23. Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church, Martinsburg, Pa. . 16,847.92 

24. First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio 16,839.00 

25. Grace Brethren Church, Winchester, Va 16,592.57 

26. Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, IVId. 16,202.98 

27. Grace Brethren Church, Waterloo, Iowa 15,615.69 

28. Grace Brethren Church, Uniontown, Pa 15,032.00 

29. First Brethren Church, yo/;/7srowA7, Pa 15,029.10 

30. Bethel Brethren Church, Berne, Ind. 14,860.39 





APRIL '82 1 

Grace Brethren 



Allegheny District 

Accident, Md. . . . 

. . $ 


Aleppo, Pa 


Boswell, Pa 


Coolville, Ohio . . 


Coraopolis, Pa. . . 


Cumberland, Md. . 


Grafton, W. Va. . . 


Jenners, Pa 


Listie, Pa 

6,481 .00 

Meyersdale, Pa. . . 


Meyersdale, Pa. 

(Summit Mills) 


Parkersburg, W. Va. 


Stoystown, Pa. 

(Reading) . . . 


Uniontown, Pa. . . 


Washington, Pa. . . 


Westernport, Md. . 


Allegheny Misc. . . 



. . $ 


Florida District 

Brooksville, Fla. . 

. . $ 


Cape Coral, Fla. . 


Clearwater, Fla. . . 


Fort Lauderdale, Fla. . 


Fort Myers, Fla. . 


Lakeland, Fla. . . 


Maitland, Fla. . . . 


Melbourne, Fla. . . 


Okeechobee, Fla. . 


Orlando, Fla. . . . 


Orange City, Fla. . 


Ormond Beach, Fla. 

1 ,000.00 

Pompano Beach, FIc 


1 ,052.09 

Port Richey, Fla. . 


Sebring, Fla. . . . 
St. Petersburg, Fla. 
Summit Hills, 
Puerto Rico . . 



Total $ 42,337.57 

Hawaii District 

Aiea, Hawaii 

(Waimalu) $ 1,310.00 

Ewa Beach, Hawaii 

(Rainbow) 329.75 

Wahiawa, Hawaii 

(Waipio) 2,797.03 

Total $ 4,436.78 

Indiana District 

Berne, Ind $ 14,860.39 

Clay City, Ind 320.00 

Elkhart, Ind 5,596.59 

Flora, Ind 2,980.00 

Fort Wayne, Ind. (First) 18,633,85 
Fort Wayne, Ind. 

(Grace) 4,403.97 

Goshen, Ind 2,374.50 

Hartford City, Ind, . . . 919.50 

Indianapolis, Ind 4,318.40 

Kokomo, Ind. (Indian 

Heights) 1,860.85 

Kokomo, Ind. (North) . 2,421.30 

Leesburg, Ind 4,576.56 

New Albany, Ind. . . . 484.89 

Osceola, Ind 10,667.91 

Peru, Ind 7,107.73 

Sidney, Ind 10,596.12 

South Bend, Ind 37,832.75 

Warsaw, Ind 21,170.00 

Winona Lake, Ind. . . . 39,333.04 

Indiana Misc 130.00 

Total $ 190,588.35 

Iowa-Midlands District 

Cedar Rapids, Iowa . 
Dallas Center, Iowa 
Davenport, Iowa . . . 
Des Moines, Iowa . . . 

Garwin, Iowa 

Kansas City, Mo. . . . 

Leon, Iowa 

Longview, Texas . . . 
North English, Iowa . 

Omaha, Neb 

Udell, Iowa 

Waterloo, Iowa .... 

Wichita, Kans 

Winona, Minn 


Michigan District 

Alto, Mich 

Berrien Springs, Mich. 
Hastings, Mich 

$ 1,675.92 














$ 42,936.36 




Jackson, Mich 

Lake Odessa, Mich. . . . 

Lansing, Mich 

New Troy, Mich 

Ozark, Mich 

Michigan Misc 


Mid-Atlantic District 

Alexandria, Va 

Chambersburg, Pa. ... 
Hagerstown, Md. 


Hagerstown, Md. 


Hagerstown, Md. 


Hagerstown, Md. 


Lanham, Md 

Martinsburg, W. Va. . . 
Seven Fountains, Va. . 
Temple Hills, Md. , . . 

Waynesboro, Pa 

Winchester, Va 

Mid-Atlantic Misc. . . . 


Mountain-Plains District 

Arvada, Colo 

Beaver City, Neb 

Cheyenne, Wyo 

Colorado Springs, Colo. 

Denver, Colo 

Portis, Kans 


Northern Atlantic District 

Bethlehem, Pa 3 

Dillsburg, Pa 

Elizabethtown, Pa. . . . 

Ephrata, Pa 

Harrisburg, Pa 

Hatboro, Pa 

Hope, N.J 

Irasburg, Vt 

Island Pond, Vt 

Lancaster, Pa. (Grace) . 
Lancaster, Pa. 


Lititz, Pa 

Manheim, Pa 

Mt. Laurel, N.J 

Myerstown, Pa 

Newark, Del 

New Holland, Pa 

Palmyra, Pa 

Philadelphia, Pa. (First) . 
Philadelphia, Pa. 


Pine Grove, Pa 

Telford, Pa 


$ 20,274.71 














$ 2,032.80 






$ 8,495.37 















Wrightsville, Pa. . . . 

York, Pa 

North Atlantic Misc. 


Northern California District 

Auburn, Calif $ 

Chico, Calif 

Grass Valley, Calif. . . . 
Modesto, Calif. 

(Big Valley) 

Modesto, Calif. 


Placerville, Calif 

Ripon, Calif 

Sacramento, Calif. . . . 

San Jose, Calif 

Tracy, Calif 





$ 164,566.27 




$ 48,344.32 

Northcentral Ohio District 

Ankenytown, Ohio . . . $ 6,441.91 

Ashland, Ohio (Grace) . 33,620.00 
Ashland, Ohio 

(Southview) 5,507.17 

Bowling Green, Ohio . . 2,092.54 
Columbus, Ohio 

(Eastside) 3,879.32 

Columbus, Ohio 

(Grace) 115,175.06 

Columbus, Ohio 

(Southwest) 2,090.00 

Danville, Ohio 1,776.00 

Delaware, Ohio 285.00 

Findlay, Ohio 1,863.00 

Fremont, Ohio (Chapel) 1,977.02 

Fremont, Ohio (Grace) 13,871.58 

Gallon, Ohio 3,265.60 

Lexington, Ohio .... 12,911.25 

Lima, Ohio 247.00 

Mansfield, Ohio (Grace) 33,604.88 
Mansfield, Ohio 

(Woodville) 8,934.76 

Ontario, Ohio 90.00 

Pataskala, Ohio 5,000.00 

Toledo, Ohio 

(Maumee Valley) . . 1,847.97 

Watkins, Ohio 10.00 

Northcentral Ohio Misc. 1,024.93 

Total $ 255,514.99 

Northeastern Ohio District 

Akron, Ohio (Fairlawn) S 635.00 

Akron, Ohio (Grace) . . 11,027.82 

Canal Fulton, Ohio . . . 715.28 

Canton, Ohio 12,744.27 

Cleveland, Ohio 

(Lyndhurst) 809.16 

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio . 3,962.50 

Elyria,Ohio 721.77 

Homerville, Ohio .... 12,438.67 

Middlebranch, Ohio .. 12,350.03 

(Continued on page 10) 

"P"" '82 d^B^— 

{Continued from page 9) 

Minerva, Ohio 


Norton, Ohio 


Rittman, Ohio 


Sterling, Ohio 


Wooster, Ohio 


Northeastern Ohio 


1 1 5.00 

Total $ 


Northwest District 

Albany, Oreg $ 


Anchorage, Alaska . . . 


Beaverton, Oreg 


Goldendale, Wash. . . . 


Grandview, Wash. . . . 




Homer, Alaska 


Kenai, Alaska 


Kent, Wash 


Mabton, Wash 


Prosser, Wash 


Spokane, Wash 


Sunnyside, Wash 


Toppenish, Wash 


Troutdale, Oreg 


Yakima, Wash 


Northwest District 


Total $ 


Southeast District 

Buena Vista, Va $ 


Covington, Va 


Radford, Va 


Richmond, Va 


Riner, Va 


Roanoke, Va. 

(Clearbrook) .... 


Roanoke, Va. 

(Garden City) .... 


Roanoke, Va. (Ghent) . 


Roanoke, Va. 

(Gospel Brethren) . 


Roanoke, Va. (Patterson 



Roanoke, Va. (Washington 


1 ,066.00 

Salem, Va. (Wildwood) 


Virginia Beach, Va. . . . 


Willis, Va 


Total $ 


Southern District 

Aiken, S.C $ 


Anderson, S.C 


Atlanta, Ga 


Charlotte, N.C 


Johnson City, Tenn. 

(Grace Brethren) . . 


Johnson City, Tenn. (Grace 

Brethren Bible) . . . 


Telford, Tenn 


Total $ 


Southern California-Arizona District 

Alta Loma, Calif $ 1,650.00 

Anaheim, Calif 6,220.00 

Beaumont, Calif 7,179.90 

Bell, Calif 5,198.00 

Bellflower, Calf 25,435.09 

Covina, Calif 1,490.96 

Cypress, Calif 6,143.43 

Glendora, Calif 1,047.91 

Hemet, Calif 496.00 

LaVerne, Calif 6,951.63 

LaMirada, Calif 10.00 

Long Beach, Calif. 

(Community) .... 3,193.08 
Long Beach, Calif. 

(Grace) 81,578.13 

Long Beach, Calif. (Los 

Altos) 3,899.34 

Long Beach, Calif, 

(North) 41,746,05 

Los Alamitos, Calif, .. 2,957.00 

Los Angeles, Calif. . . . 2,047.50 

Mission Viejo, Calif. . , 5,805,00 

Montclair, Calif 500,00 

Norwalk, Calif 6,409,93 

Orange, Calif 3,083,77 

Phoenix, Ariz, (Grace) , 7,044,50 
Phoenix, Ariz, 

(Northwest) 690,44 

Rialto, Calif, ...... 1,500.00 

Riverside, Calif 1,141.90 

San Bernardino, Calif. . 147.00 

San Diego, Calif 3,357.98 

San Ysidro, Calif 480.50 

Santa Ana, Calif 25.00 

Santa Maria, Calif. . . . 1,557.00 

Seal Beach, Calif 2,022.00 

Simi, Calif 8,189.00 

South Pasadena, Calif. . 1,919.00 

Temple City, Calif. . . . 1,181.83 

Torrance, Calif 497.00 

Tucson, Ariz 1,713.70 

Ventura, Calif 1,667.58 

Westminster, Calif. . . . 3,881.09 
Whittier, Calif. 

(Community) .... 36,565.59 

Whittier, Calif. (Grace) 18,134.00 
Southern California-Arizona 

Misc 275.00 

Total $ 305,032.83 

Southern Ohio District 

Brookville, Ohio .... $ 9,706.74 

Camden, Ohio 1,550.00 

Centerville, Ohio .... 1,052.47 

Cincinnati, Ohio .... 75.00 

Clayhole, Ky 355.60 

Clayton, Ohio 2,000.10 

Covington, Ohio .... 15.00 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Basore Road) . . . 2,939.08 

Dayton, Ohio (Calvary) . 175.00 

Dayton, Ohio (First) . . 16,839.00 
Dayton, Ohio 

(Huber Heights) . . 3,676.50 

Dayton, Ohio 

(North Riverdale) . 


Dryhill, Ky 


Englewood, Ohio .... 


Kettering, Ohio 


Lexington, Ky 


Trotwood, Ohio .... 


Troy, Ohio 


Union, Ohio 


Vandalia, Ohio 


West Alexandria, Ohio . 


Total $ 59,236.19 

Southwest District 

Albuquerque, N. Mex. 

(Heights) $ 806.21 

Counselor, N. Mex. . . . 2,244.00 

Taos, N. Mex 2,493.96 

Total $ 5,544.17 

Western Pennsylvania District 

Altoona, Pa. (First) .. $ 3,010.00 

Altoona, Pa. (Grace) . . 7,618.32 

Armagh, Pa 760.00 

Conemaugh, Pa 17,139.16 

Conemaugh, Pa. 

(Singer Hill) 5,840.05 

Duncansville, Pa 9,270.50 

Everett, Pa 9,269.80 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. 

(Vicksburg) 6,588.44 

Hopewell, Pa 675.00 

Johnstown, Pa. (First) . 15,029.10 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(Geistown) 2,827.00 

Johnstown, Pa. (Pike) . 11,805.03 
Johnstown, Pa. 

(Riverside) 25,848.00 

Kittanning, Pa. (Grace) 20,814.08 
Kittanning, Pa. 

(North Buffalo) . . . 4,358.90 

Martinsburg, Pa 16,847.92 

Milroy, Pa 500.95 

West Pennsylvania 

Misc 100.00 

Total $ 158,302.25 


Grace Schools $ 4,234.06 

National Grace Brethren 

Boys 200.00 

National Fellowship of Grace 

Brethren Churches . 778.39 

National MHC 60.00 

National SMM 800.00 

National WMC 26,338.01 

Miscellaneous 99,525.38 

Total $ 131,935.84 

GRAND TOTAL . . . $ 1.898,465.42 


APRIL '82! 


Subject: New Missionary Appointments 

Date: February 15-18, 1982 

To: JVlembers and Friends of Grace Brethren Foreign Missions 

From: John W. Zielasko, General Director 


Perhaps the most exciting moments in the meet- 
ings of the GBFMS Board of Trustees occur during 
the interviewing of candidates for the mission field. 
At each February or July session of the Board, at 
least a half dozen applicants are interviewed, and 
their testimony and commitment to Christ are an en- 
couragement and challenge to the Board members. 

At the February meetings this year, three couples 
were approved for missionary service, one other 
couple was approved for "special services," and an- 
other was given field assignment. In addition, one 
couple and two individuals were granted "approved 
candidate status" and should be appointed to service 
sometime next year. 

Dan and Denise Ramsey will be leaving this sum- 
mer for ministry in Germany, Dan will graduate from 
Grace Seminary this spring and expresses his reaction 
to appointment this way: "This is something we have 
been waiting for and working toward for eight years." 
Both Dan and Denise have spent summers in Ger- 
many, though at different times. The Ramseys have 
an infant girl and are members of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Canton, Ohio. 

Two couples have been appointed to pioneer 
Grace Brethren Foreign Missions in Great Britain. The 
exact location of their ministry will not be deter- 
mined until after a field survey this spring and their 
actual arrival on the field next summer. The two 
couples are longtime friends and graduated from 
Florida Bible College. The husbands are currently 
studying at Grace Seminary. 

Phil and Elinor Steele are from the First Brethren 
Church of Dayton, Ohio. Phil has served on the pas- 
toral staff of that city's Basore Road Grace Brethren 
Church and later was the pastor at Vandalia, Ohio. 
The Steeles have two sons. 

Dave and Cindy Kowaike are members of the 
Community Grace Brethren Church of Warsaw, Indi- 
ana. Born in Hong Kong, Dave lived in numerous 
countries where his father's employment took him. 

Dave served in London for two years in youth work 
and sensed the need for a church-related ministry. 
The Kowalkes have two daughters. The Kowalkes and 
Steeles will now have the opportunity to develop 
such an endeavor with GBFMS. 

Tom and Sue Sharp were appointed to missionary 
service in 1981, but the field of ministry was not 
finally determined until now. Having served as TIME 
missionaries in Mexico City for several summers, they 
are uniquely prepared to serve there in what is rapidly 
becoming the world's most populous city. The Sharps 
are presently ministering on the staff of the Ankeny- 
town, Ohio, Grace Brethren Church and hope to leave 
for Mexico in October. 

One final appointment is an answer to the prayer 
of the missionary team in the Central African Repub- 
lic. Paul and Berta Kuns are being appointed for 
special services in Africa. Paul will fill a big need for a 
mechanic to serve and maintain the thousands of dol- 
lars of mechanical equipment and vehicles, and Berta 
is a skilled secretary. She is the daughter of Rev. and 
Mrs. Harold Dunning, former missionaries to C.A.R., 
and the granddaughter of pioneer missionaries James 
and Florence Gribble. The Kuns are from the Grace 
Brethren Church of Whittier, California, and are the 
parents of two daughters. 

Because of the urgent need for a mechanic on the 
field and the desire to place them there before fall, 
the Board has approved the raising of the Kuns' sup- 
port prior to the completion of the normal candidate 

We rejoice in these appointments and we urge our 
Brethren to faithful prayer for the support and outfit 
needs of these appointees. Commitments for full sup- 
port and outfit funds must be in hand before they 
can leave for their fields of service. It's a great 
amount of money ($116,000 in support alone) and 
demands great sacrifice and prayer; but we have a 
great God! 

(See forthcoming issues of Foreign Mission ECHOES for 
complete stories on these appointees.) 

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the Top 

by Larry N. Chamberlain 

Administrative Coordinator 

Giant cornices on tine right, steep rock 
slopes on the left. I went on cutting 
steps on the narrow strip of snow. The 
ridge curved away to the right and we 
had no idea where the top was. As I cut 
around the back of one hump, another 
higher one would swing into view. Time 
was passing and the ridge seemed never- 
ending. As I chipped steps around still 
another corner, I wondered rather dully 
just how long we could keep it up. I then 
realized that the ridge ahead, instead of 
still monotonously rising, now dropped 
sharply away, and far below I could see 
the North Col and the Rongbuk Glacier. 
I looked upward to see a narrow snow 
ridge running up to a snowy summit. A 
few more whacks of the ice ax in the 
firm snow and we stood on top! (Excerpt 
from Ttie Conquest of Everest by Sir 
John Hunt and Sir Edmund Hilliary, de- 
scribing the final assault by the 1953 
British Expedition). 

Gasp . . . wheez . . . hurt . . . almost ttiere 
. . . dizzy . . . can't feel my toes . . . wind is 
freezing my bones . . . just a few more yards 
. . . oti, pain . . . losing my grip . . . gasp . . . 
we're there. We made it! Now, where'd I put 
that flag. 


'ell, enough of the fantasy. I'm not really 
sure how a climber feels when he's reached 
the top. Frankly, I've never had the opportun- 
ity to try it, and I definitely lack the courage! 
But we here at Home Missions know a little of 
the sensation of reaching a far-off goal. 

When we think of a mountain climb, we en- 
vision that one moment when the flag is 
planted on the crusty peak. But, a lot goes on 
before the top is reached. I can think of 
several elements which must be present in any 
successful climb; 

Planning in advance 


of risk 

Good support personnel 

Planning is absolutely essential: a route has 
to be chosen, conditions have to be forecasted, 
supplies have to be carefully selected. Risk as- 
sumption is great because anything can go 
wrong when one is hanging on to the side of a 
cliff. I get dizzy just thinking about it, so 
we'll move quickly to a comment on the third 
element, good support personnel. We natural- 
ly think of the man at the top, with the flag, 
smiling through a frozen mustache. We tend 
to forget all the people at the base camps. 


hen Brethren Home Missions reached its 
offering goal for 1981 of $900,000, I felt like 
we had just conquered Mt. Everest! (The 
weather outside that day also influenced my 
feelings: 40 mph winds and wind chills of 75° 
below zero; a winter few of us in Indiana will 
forget.) I also consider the same requisites of 
a successful climb essential in the establish- 
ment of an organization's financial goals. 

Planning in advance 

The ascent of Everest was not the 
work of one day, nor even of those few 
anxious unforgettable weeks in which we 
prepared and climbed the mountain. It 
is, in fact, a tale of sustained and tena- 
cious endeavor by many, over a long 
period of time.— Sir John Hunt 

The most important part of my job as ad- 
ministrative coordinator is planning. Cost 
studies, scope of financial involvement, per- 

i APRIL '82 


sonnel decisions, projections of ciiurch suc- 
cess or failure, allocation of resources, fore- 
casting those resources, budgets, revised budg- 
ets, committee meetings, communications, 
analyzing facts and figures ... and re-revised 

God promises to supply our needs. But His 
generous provision does not eliminate our re- 
sponsibility to carefully plan the allocation of 
His provisions in productive areas. When we 
announced an offering goal of $900,000 for 
1981, we had a well-planned budget of sup- 
ported ministries. 

Assumption of risk 

. . . running up the full forty feet of 
the rock step was a narrow crack be- 
tween the cornice and the rock. Leaving 
Tenzing to belay me as best he could, I 
jammed my way into this crack, then 
kicking backwards with my crampons I 
sank thin spikes deep into the frozen 
snow behind me and levered myself off 
the ground. Taking advantage of every 
little rock hold and all the force of knee, 
shoulder, and arms I could muster, I 
literally cramponed backwards up the 
crack, with a fervent prayer that the 
cornice would remain attached to the 
rock.— Sir Edmund Hillary 

Any time one ventures into the unknown, 
there's an assumption of risk, regardless of the 
time spent in the planning stage. At Home 
Missions we put money into a new church and 
wonder if the church will grow. We authorize 
a building program for over a quarter of a mil- 
lion dollars and wonder if the church will sur- 
vive the 20-year mortgage. We place a semi- 
nary graduate into a big city to plant a new 
church and wonder if he'll make it through 
the first critical year. 

Some of our decisions in the financial plan- 
ning area are real cliff-hangers, but it's always 
a great feeling when the year comes to a close 
and we look back down the mountain, re- 
membering how our protective God had 
helped us every step of the way. 


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support personnel 

The success of your mission depends 
primarily on the human factor, on the 
joint efforts of every man in your team, 
and failure-moral or physical-by even 
one or two of these would add immense- 
ly to its difficulties. -Sir John Hunt 

Were it not for good people at the base 
camps, it would be impossible to have a safe, 
successful climb. It's not a one-man operation, 
to be sure. Many people share the victory 

It's that way at Home Missions. We reached 
a very high peak when we surpassed the offer- 
ing goal for 1981 . But, we didn't do it alone. 
Looking back down the mountain, we see 
thousands of people who supported us and 
prayed for us in base camps from Vermont to 
Florida, from California to Alaska. We give 
grateful credit to our supportive Grace Breth- 
ren pastors who consistently remind their 
congregations of the spiritual needs in North 
America. The life-line of prayer has helped us 
cross many dangerous crevasses and icy ridges. 


fven for an experienced climber, the 
mountain for 1982 is awesome. We are pray- 
ing for an offering goal of $1,050,000, about 
12 percent higher than last year's peak. In ad- 
dition to supporting our existing list of 42 
churches and our Navajo and Jewish Missions, 
we hope to adopt 12 new churches in 1982. 
We've drawn the plans and assumed the risk. 
Now we're depending on the life-line of 
prayer and support from the many faithful 
people in our base camps. 

As we greeted them all, perhaps little 
emotionally, I felt more than ever before 
that every strong feeling of friendship 
and cooperation that had been the deci- 
sive factor throughout the expedition. 
What a thrill it was to be able to tell 
them that all their efforts had been fully 
rewarded and that we had reached the 
top.— Sir Edmund Hillary, reporting to 
the base camp the day the summit was 
reached. ■ 


APRIL '82: 

^onth CQ 

If we de- 
sire to under- 
stand and dem- 
onstrate true love 
in our lives, then it 
is imperative for us 
to know the source 
from which true love 
originates. That source is 
discovered only in God's 

The Apostle John explicitly 
states in his first epistle, "Love is 
from God" (1 John 4:7). Since the 
beginning, love is found in the love 
shown by God; it has its origin 
from God and belongs to the divine 
sphere. Since love belongs to the 
divine sphere, it follows that any- 
one who loves belongs to this 

At first glance it might appear 
that the ability to show love is the 
sole criteria for being a child of 
God; however, this statement must 
be understood within the context 
of the Apostle John's epistle. He 
clearly states elsewhere that the 
true child of God both believes in 
Jesus Christ and loves other Chris- 
tians (1 John 3:23). Love alone is 
not conclusive proof of being born 
of God. Dr. I. Howard Marshall, in 
his book. Commentary on the 
Epistles of John, reinforces this fact 
quite aptly, stating, "Human love, 
however noble and however highly 
motivated, falls short if it refuses to 
include the Father and Son as the 
supreme objects of its affection. It 
falls short of the divine pattern, and 
by itself it cannot save a man. It 
cannot be put into the balance to 
compensate for the sin of rejecting 
God" (New International Commen- 
tary on the New Testament, Eerd- 
man. Grand Rapids, 1978, pg. 212). 

The Apostle John not only tells 
us that love is from God, he also 
says that "God is love" (1 John 
4:8, 16). This is not to say that 
God is an abstract quality. Rather, 
It emphasizes the personality of 
God to the fullest extent. It stresses 
His character as He reveals himself 
to mankind. 

The nature of God's love in- 
volves self-sacrifice and action done 
for the benefit of others (John 3:16, 
1 John 4:9-10). Although God is 




by Steve Jarrell 

all-loving. He is also all-holy. He 
demonstrates these attributes in 
that He disciplines His children and 
exercises judgment against sin (Heb. 
12:6, 2 Thess. 1:8). True love has 
no other source, nor can it be de- 
fined apart from God. 

Since God is love, no one can 
come into a meaningful relationship 
with Him without being trans- 
formed into a loving person. 
Demonstrating God's love to others 
is the result of enjoying a personal 
knowledge of Him (1 John 4:7). 
Because all Christians have experi- 
enced God's immeasurable love, the 
Apostle John indicates that we have 
a moral obligation to love one an- 
other (1 John 4:11). This obliga- 
tion extends beyond other Chris- 
tians to include all of mankind. 

By God's grace and power, as 
Christians, we are able to demon- 
strate God's divine love toward 
each other, which supersedes mere 
human love. God has graciously in- 
stilled and equipped us to carry out 
this duty to love others, even our 
enemies (Rom. 12:20). 

God's love always desires to put 
others first. There is not a more 
valid demonstration of this fact 

than the 
of our Lord 
Jesus Christ. 
Even we as 
Christians can 
scarcely under- 
stand a loving God 
who would pardon His 
enemies of sins committed 
against Him at His own cost! 
The more we realize the 
magnitude of God's love for us, 
the more we should realize our ob- 
ligation to reciprocate this love. His 
love in us results in the spontaneous 
outreach of our love for one another. 
The Apostle Paul has some excellent 
advice on how to love others. He sug- 
gests that each of us regard one an- 
other more important than ourselves, 
and that we concern ourselves with 
others and their cares (Phil. 2:34). 
Jesus gave, a special commandment, 
exhorting His disciples to love each 
other. He was concerned that the 
dominant characteristic of each dis- 
ciple was love (John 13:34-35). 

Realistically, as Christians we 
sometimes struggle in showing love 
to others within our local churches. 
I believe this is because there are 
many Christians we worship with, 
on a regular basis, who we really 
do not know. We might know their 
names, but we have no meaningful 
relationships with them. Loving 
others means inviting Christians 
into your home, extending your- 
self, being somewhat transparent, 
feeling a little uncomfortable until 
you get to know them personally. 
Loving others mean special tele- 
phone calls just to encourage fellow 
Christians. Loving others means 
sending special notes of apprecia- 
tion to believers for being great 
Christian examples, for being avail- 
able, or for a job well done. Most of 
all, loving others starts at home by 
being consistent in godly conduct 
toward family members. 

In every case, true love exalts its 
true originator. Everyone who ex- 
periences God's love is obligated 
and privileged to love those who 
have a common bond in Jesus 
Christ. Let's proclaim the originator 
of true love and exalt Him through 
our love for each other! ■ 

Steve Jarrell is pastor of the Grace Brethren Church, Charlotte, North Carolina 

i APRIL '82 



Great Commission Thinl<ing Is... 

"Building a Greater 
Church Planting Ministry" 

by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Executive Secretary of the Brethren Home Missions Council 

The Great Commission issued by 
our Lord is a mandate for church 

And Jesus came and spake un- 
to them, saying, All power is 
given unto me in heaven and in 
earth. Go ye therefore, and teach 
all nations, baptizing them in the 
name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 
teaching them to observe all 
things whatsoever I have com- 
manded you: and, lo, I am with 
you alway, even unto the end of 
the world . . ." (Matt. 28:18-20). 

In Brethren Home Missions v\/e 
are seeing a greater recognition of, 
and dependence upon, the Lordship 
of Christ. No church planting will 
be successful in carrying out God's 
will apart from the recognition of 
Christ's authority. Christ is being 
given preeminence in formative 
church government, in all phases of 
church-planting ministries and in 
the lives of home mission church 
members. I have noted in much of 
this year's correspondence that 
seeking God's will, waiting upon 
the power of Christ and looking for 
the direction of the Holy Spirit is a 
number one priority. 

One home mission pastor whose 
work is not growing as fast as anti- 
cipated and planned expressed him- 
self clearly. 

I am here in this city as called 
by my Lord. I am well aware that 
our progress has been slow. God 
has been doing a great work in 
our hearts. Jesus Christ is changing 
lives and our people are growing 
in grace. I am going to stay here 
whether the Home Missions Coun- 
cil withdraws its support or not! 
I believe Christ will build His 
Church in this cityl 

Another important aspect of the 
commission is going and giving out 
the Gospel. No church-planting 
ministry will grow and mature if it 
does not aggressively give out the 
Gospel. The Apostle Paul says, ". . . 
the Gospel of Christ ... is the power 
of God unto salvation to every one 
that believeth;. . ." (Rom. 1:16). 
Our hearts rejoice as we see Ed and 
Polly Jackson, and several other 
couples move to Homer, Alaska, 
and sow the gospel seed. We are al- 
ready seeing the harvest and our 
new work there is emerging. 

Pastor Russell Simpson at New 
Albany, Indiana, recognized his 
need in the area of soul winning 
and asked for help. That assistance 
came from the Board of Evangelism 
in the person of Ron Picard. In Pas- 
tor Simpson's own words: 

Over the years I built up my 
opinions as to why some could 
lead more to Christ than I. All 
this did was insulate me to seek- 
ing help. I just could not imagine, 
as prideful as it sounds, anyone 
telling me I did not know the 
Gospel. Well, that was not the 
issue. There is a vast difference to 
knowing the Gospel and knowing 
how to effectively communicate 
it. No amount of book reading 
could teach me this. I had to be 
shown. Ron graciously served this 
purpose. My only regret is that I 
had not been shown sooner. 

Others in similar needs have turned 
to Evangelism Explosion and have 
benefited by this personal soul- 
winning instruction. If a home mis- 
sion church is to be planted and 
grown it must have a plan to teach 
and actively sow the seeds of the 

Gospel. The number of people that 
the pastor can successfully lead 
within his group in this area, the 
larger number of people will be 
ready for discipleship. In this move- 
ment, the Holy Spirit is able to ac- 
complish His work in the hearts of 
believers, in the distribution of the 
truth and in the salvation of 
precious lost souls. 

A third vital aspect of the Great 
Commission is discipleship. It may 
be that this is the greatest failure of 
the fundamental church today. The 
failure comes when we have active- 
ly won souls and have expected 
that the dose of salvation is all that 
was needed. We expected the new- 
born child of God to stand alone as 
a mature saint. What a tragedy! Dis- 
cipleship is just as important in the 
commission mandate as giving out 
the Gospel! 

It is thrilling to see men like 
Brian Smith, Tom Hughes, and 
Robert MacMillan busily engaged in 
one-on-one discipleship. In other 
cases new convert classes are being 
held among men and women in 
early morning hours. Such training 
in discipleship is going to produce 
loyal, active and mature saints for 
the local church. 

Obedience to the Triune God, in 
Christian baptism is another vital 
part of the Great Commission. We 
believe in our Grace Brethren Fel- 
lowship in taking a very positive 
stand on what the Scripture teaches 
on trine immersion baptism. Every 
baptismal service brings excitement 
as we witness what God has done 
in hearts and the obedience of the 


APRIL '82: 

newborn soul to the Triune God 
who provided for his salvation. 

Every home mission pastor is 
expected to trust God for souls to 
be won for Christ. These goals are 
made in great and sincere faith. 
They are made a regular matter of 
prayer throughout the year by the 
local church, the pastor and by the 
home mission staff. What a joy it is 
to read the reports and see that the 
Holy Spirit is daily adding to the 
church those that are being saved! 

Vision, planning, sowing and 
reaping are all means to the end- 
building a growing testimony for 
our Lord. What a thrilling ministry 
to be involved in with our Lord who 
said, "I will build my church . . ." 
(Matt. 16:18). Goals set in faith to- 
day become realities for the glory 
of God tomorrow. 

We have just received a beautiful 
letter from Pastor Larry Smithwick 
in Anchorage, Alaska, a self- 
supporting church of this past year, 
stating a tremendous goal of 2,000 
in the next few years. He also wants 
to see his church become the num- 
ber one giving church to Brethren 
Home Missions! He states this goal 
because we (district and national 
Home Missions) helped them plant 
their church in Anchorage. 

Our goal this year is to more 
fully follow the Great Commission 
in every aspect of the Home Mis- 
sion program. We would like to see 
a dozen more Grace Brethren chur- 
ches planted in 1982. In the next 
few years we want to reach our 
Bountiful Harvest goal of 52 new 
Grace Brethren churches. Ultimate- 
ly we are planning for Grace Breth- 
ren churches in every state in the 
USA and a beginning in Canada! 

We need your prayer support to 
accomplish these aims. We appre- 
ciate your gifts that enabled us to 
see $939,670 received in offerings 
this year. Praise the Lord! Sixteen 
of our churches gave over $10,000 
to Brethren Home Missions church- 
planting ministry. Many have 
written indicating a desire to share 
in the Adopt-A-Church program. 
Together we are sharing the burden 
of the Great Commission and are 
putting our thinking processes to 
work to fulfill God's great priority 
for His Church. ■ 

BHMC Update 

Three Home Missions Pastors Speak at Grace 

Traditionally, the last 
week in January has been 
Home Missions' week at 
Grace Schools. And, in re- 
cent years, that week has al- 
most as traditionally be- 
come known as "blizzard 
week," often forcing the 
cancellation of Home Mis- 
sions speakers. 

But this year, snuggled 
securely between two of the 
worst weekends of the win- 
ter, the Home Missions em- 
phasis went on as scheduled. 

Rev. Mike Clapham of the 
Grace Brethren Church, 
Cincinnati, Ohio, told how 
God is building His church. 
Rev. Steve Jarrel of the •'"^" ''"v"^' *""'' "''''"=°""3" '''"""*'■ 
Grace Brethren Church, Charlotte, North Carolina, talked 
of his commitment to the Great Commission; while Rev. 
James Poyner winged his way north from the Gulfview 
Community Grace Brethren Church in Port Richey, Flori- 
da, to share what it is like to be on a winning team. East- 
ern Field Secretary Bill Smith also spoke on the secrets of 

Throughout the week, a slide-tape was shown in the 
seminary chapel and information about Home Missions 
was made available to the students. 

Investments in 81 F Continue 

A slow economy has not slowed interest in the Brethren 
Investment Foundation, according to Walter Fretz, finan- 
cial secretary. Although investments have not come in as 
rapidly as in the past, he feels that the BIF has not felt the 
brunt of the sagging economy as have many commercial 
savings and loan associations. 

Mr. Fretz is projecting an estimated $520,000 in loans 
during the coming year to at least five Grace Brethren 
churches across the country, including Auburn, California; 
Brooksville, Florida; Goldendale, Washington; Orange City, 
Florida; and Pine Grove, Pennsylvania. 

Continued investments are needed to help the BIF meet 
these obligations. For additional information, contact the 
Brethren Investment Foundation, Box 587, Winona Lake, 
Indiana 46590. 

An Answered Prayer 

It was the desire of the Home Missions' staff that Chap- 
lain John Schumacher address the Grace Brethren Pastors' 
Conference during March at Myerstown, Pennsylvania. But 

(Continued on page 38) 

1 APRIL '82 


Continuing Steadfastly 
In Melbourne, Florida 

by Pastor Earl Moore 

If there is one verse that charac- 
terizes the Melbourne, Florida, 
Grace Brethren Church, Acts 2:42 
may be that verse— "And they con- 
tinued stedfastly in the apostles' 
doctrine and fellowship, and in 
breaking of bread, and in prayers." 

It was the desire and intent of 
the Ernsberger and the Mansur fam- 
ilies to continue steadfastly in the 
teaching of basic Bible doctrines as 
they organized a Bible study group 
in the Melbourne, Florida, area in 
November of 1979. They wanted to 
win souls for God's everlasting king- 
dom and obey the Great Commis- 
sion of our Lord Jesus Christ (Matt. 

The Grace Brethren Church of 
Orlando ministered to this group in 

many ways, and encouraged them 
by sending Pastor Ed Jackson to 
preach and teach them on Sunday 
evenings. Under the leadership of 
Pastor Jackson, the group grew. In 
April 1980, they were accepted 
into the Fellowship of Grace Breth- 
ren Churches in the Florida district. 

The people were greatly encour- 
aged as- the staff of the Brethren 
Home Missions Council shared 
years of experience and knowledge 
with them. Field Secretaries Bill 
Byers and Bill Smith and Executive 
Secretary Dr. Lester E. Pifer came 
to share their wisdom and concern 
for the support of this ministry. 
Their leadership has proved to be 

The need for a gospel-preaching, 
Bible-believing church was the 
motivating factor for establishing 


the Grace Brethren Church of Mel- 
bourne. Located just south of Cape 
Canaveral, the NASA space pro- 
gram and the U.S. Air Force con- 
tinue to bring many people to the 
Melbourne area. 

One of the first things Pastor 
Jackson instilled in the group was 
the importance of fellowship. The 
church continues to be blessed in 
this area of ministry. The people 
share not only God's blessings with 
one another, but also their burdens. 
Communication is a very important 
part in the exhortation of the body 
of Christ. 

The greatest blessing I have re- 
ceived since coming in July 1980 is 
seeing God's people give of them- 
selves and exercise their spiritual 
gifts in the work of the ministry. In 
the last year and a half, there have 

(Continued on page 38) 

APRIL '82: 

Six ways to botch your life. 

nepper, Jr., photo) 

Do you use school 
guidance counselors to 
determine God's will for 
your life? 

by Bruce Barlow, 

Associate Pastor of the 
Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, GBC 

It's decision time and you're get- 
ting frustrated because you don't 
know what do do. What courses do 
I take next semester? Where do I go 
to college? What career should I 
pursue? You have good intentions 
and want to do God's will. But 
you've been trying to decide for a 
week now. 

You're wandering down the hall 
in a daze when suddenly you spy a 
solution! There, at the end of the 
hall, is a door with the word 
"GUIDANCE" on it. Inside that 
door are the people with the 
answers, people trained to give you 
direction, but be careful. 

Here are six proven ways to 
misuse a school guidance counselor. 

How to 

1 ) Take the advice of only non- 
Christian guidance counselors. 

If you are interested in doing 
God's will, one of the best ways to 
make the wrong decision is to listen 
to someone who doesn't care about 
God's will. The psalmist wrote 
"Blessed is the man who does not 
walk in the counsel of the ungodly 
. . ." (Ps. 1 :1 ). Chances are you'll 
receive better advice from those 
who share your sensitivity to what 
God wants in your life. 

2) Don't pray about the decision, 
just ask your guidance counselor. 

It's sometimes hard to trust 
God for help because you've never 
heard Him answer. Your guidance 
counselor you can see and hear. 
Remember: God is the source of all 
wisdom. "Counsel and sound judg- 
ment are mine; I have understand- 
ing and power" (Prov. 8:14 NIV). 
God has promised to guide you 
with his counsel. 

3) Don't compare the advice with 
the Bible. 

The Bible is God's already- 
revealed will. Ninety-five percent 
of God's will is spelled out in Scrip- 
ture; it's the other 5 percent that 
you have to seek. Dig into God's 
Word for His advice. 

4) Place more value on the guidance 
of your counselor than on that of 
your parents, pastor, or youth 

Remember that your counselor 
has known you only three years or 
so. Others have lived with you. 

know your whole personality and 
your life goals. They can take these 
into consideration when giving 
advice. Basically, all your counselor 
has to go on are your academic 
strengths and weaknesses. It is very 
possible— likely— that God will 
reveal His will to you through the 
advice of your parents. The Bible 
promises wisdom to the one who 
heeds his father's instruction (Prov. 

5) Don't ask the opinion of experi- 
enced friends or mature believers in 
your church. 

They may disagree with your 
counselor. Recognize that your 
counselor is a professional 
educator; he or she has probably 
never been in the career you are 
considering. You're told that you'd 
make a good mortician? Talk to 
one; get his opinion. 

6) Don't even go to your guidance 
counselor. He/she can't help at all. 

This, too, is misuse of your 
school counselor. 

Your counselor is trained to 
know the ropes about obtaining 
scholarships. He or she knows all 
the entrance exam requirements. 
You can. get access to detailed 
information on college curriculums 
and costs that you can find 
nowhere else. He or she even 
knows what courses you should 
take to prepare for specific careers. 
Take advantage of the resources 
your counselor can provide. Just 
don't leave out your own spiritual 
needs. ■ 

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Published as 
a ministry of GBC 
Christian Education 


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Ed Lewis, director of Youtfi Ministries 

On Whose Authority 

by Dr. Larry Poland 

Serving on the staff of Campus 
Crusade for Christ 

They called it "drill." It was a new 
experience for a freshman ROTC (Re- 
serve Officer's Training Corps) student 
like myself, and I didn't know what to 
expect. I certainly didn't think "drill" 
would expose a character weakness in 
me that I didn't think I had. But then, 
I'd never had "drill" before. 

Preparation for the event sounded 
simple enough. You press and clean 
your uniform, polish your brass, shine 
your shoes and show up on the field at 
7:30 a.m. I did all that, then lined up 
the way they told me to— in "squads." 

Once we had lined up, the com- 
mander announced that we would 
have our first inspection. We stood at 
attention while the officers went down 
the rows, checking each cadet. Finally 
they got to me. The officer in charge 
eyed me from head to foot in silence. 
Then he barked, "Cadet, why didn't 
you clean your brass?" 

"Well, sir," I replied, "I did. You 
see, I had an exam today and I didn't 
have much time. . . ." 

"CADET!" Why didn't you polish 
your brass?!?" 

"Well, sir, as I was saying, I . . ." 


"Yes, sir?" I responded meekly. 

"In the military, there are only 
three appropriate responses, "Yes, 
sir," "No, sir," and "No excuse, sir." 
"Which one do you choose?" 

"No excuse, sir." 

"That's better. Three demerits!" 

I was furious. Each demerit meant 
30 minutes of hard labor. And on 
whose authority? 

Through that ROTC experience and 
other similar experiences, I have dis- 
covered that my heart is basically re- 
bellious. And so is yours. We all have 
inherited our rebellious hearts and 
only the Spirit of God can replace that 
rebellion with a submissive spirit- 

toward God and toward others. Many 
times we attempt to "justify" our re- 
bellious attitudes by labeling the 
authority figures in our lives. I would 
like to outline some of those labels. 

1. Unreasonable authority. Un- 
reasonable authority doesn't function 
within my realm of reason. Authority 
appears unreasonable when a com- 
mand is "issued" that / don't think 
makes sense. I find it easy to justify 
any resistance to authority on my part 
when that authority is unreasonable 
from my viewpoint. 

2. Ill-motivated authority. Ill-moti- 
vated authority is rooted in "fleshly" 
(carnal) responses and attitudes on the 
part of the person in a position of 
authority. Even if I am more mature 
spiritually than the one over me, it 
doesn't take me out from under his 

keeps controls tight to the chest. I 
usually want to be the little boss in the 
context of the big boss. I'm not inter- 
ested in being a slave! Strange, isn't it, 
however, that a slave is exactly what 
Jesus became (Phil. 2:5-8) and what 
Jesus asks me— and all of us— to be- 

When we encounter unreasonable, 
ill-motivated, unjust or absolute au- 
thority in our lives, we can criticize it, 
avoid it, ignore it or rebel against it; 
or we can respond to it with the atti- 
tudes and actions that are appropriate 
in God's military. First Peter 2:18 
says: "Servants, be submissive to your 
masters, with all respect, not only to 
those who are unreasonable" (NASB). 

This does not mean that blind sub- 
mission to any unjust or unreasonable 
decision is in order, or that there is no 


(1) Who are authority-figures in your life? 

(2) Give illustrations to demonstrate the four types of authority- 

(3) How far is too far in being submissive to an authority? Why? On 
what do you base your answer? 

(4) What are ways we could react to authority besides refusing to do 
what is asked? 

(5) As a project, write down ways you'll react properly to an authority 
over you throughout the week. 

(6) Memorize 1 Peter 3:9. 

authority. Instead, my maturity 
should create a deeper sense of 
obligation for rightly motivated sub- 

3. Unjust authority. Unjust author- 
ity makes decisions I view as unfair. 
Naturally, I want to use my defini- 
tion of fairness, not the boss' defini- 

4. Absolute authority. Absolute 
authority does not delegate any signi- 
ficant degree of autonomy to me but 

place for rightly motivated confronta- 
tion or discussion over wrongly moti- 
vated decisions. But it does mean that 
we are to deal with those decisions and 
decision-makers with the loving 
sensitivity and respect that were char- 
acteristic of Jesus Christ. 

Which response do you choose? 
The reward for a right response won't 
be three demerits, but the joy and 
peace that comes through obedience 
to Christ's commands. ■ 


APRIL '82: 

I parable about life and morality 

Jump from the 
Empire State Building ! 

by Pastor Knute Larson, executive director 
GBC Christian Education. 

Then there was the man who jumped from the 
p of the Empire State Building. That's ninety-seven floors up. 
Or down, which is the way he was looking. 

Reminds me of the other kids who are always saying that it's funny 
be a Christian and fun to do wrong stuff. They don't always say it 
actly that way, but they do smile at Christian kids. Inane smiles. 
Well, anyway, this guy jumped. And of course the law of gravity be- 
T to pull him toward the bottom. 

As he passed floor 92, he recalled that many people had warned him 
t to jump. But it really wasn't so bad. So he smiled at the people in 
lor 92 and said that they were wrong in urging him to stay atop the 

At floor 82— or was it 81?— he was waving and enjoying the speed. 
t's fun," he was yelling, "and all that preaching about being careful 
IS by fuddy-duddies!" 

He waved and did a somersault as he went past the window of 75. 
Some people in 67 actually envied his speed and his delight at the 
I. "Life's meant to be fun," they could hearrrrrrrrrrrr; 
It was between 58 and 50 that he yelled some dirty words just to 
ike fun of the group that meets in floor 50 to talk about staying on 
D of buildings or on the ground. 

By the 40s and the 30s my man was picking up speed, and really 

But getting low. And wondering, at times, how the whole thing 
)uld end. 

But he tried not to think about it. For a moment, he decided that 
len he got to 4 or 5 he might give it some thought. 
There were some friends on the top, and he yelled back for them to 
' it. He flapped and did a few more whirls and rolls, and threw a shoe 
'ough the window of 16. 

And I think you know the rest. At the end— and the end did come— 
had nothing to say. 

And I read Psalm 73 again and remembered that some people get 
ay with a lot on the way down. And that some of us who are still on 
3 think of jumping, envious of the laughter we hear from the falling 
es. I read verses 23 and 24 again: 

"Nevertheless I am continually with Thee; Thou has taken hold of 
' right hand. With Thy counsel Thou wilt guide me, and afterward 
•eive me to glory" (N ASB). 
And I decided not to jump. ■ 

■ 40,000 people die daily in the world. 
Suicide is the third greatest killer among young people today 

Kelly Gill is from Simi Valley, California, will be in 
Alaska this summer. 

Tim and Karen Boyd will be in 
Germany. (Omaha, Nebraska) 

Tom Betcher from Warsaw, Indiana, will also be 
in Europe-serving with Euro-Missions Institute. 

Doug Shenk will be with Nehe- 
miah Missions in Brazil. (Lititz, 

Jackie Sullivan from 

the GBC in Newark, 

Delaware, will be 

leaving for the Central 

African Republic. 

Tim Moomaw 

from Wooster, 

Ohio, will also 

be in Brazil. 


150 persons will be involved in GBC'sTIME program. 

GBC Christian Education and friends are busy helping 
with plans for the 1982 summer ministries. 

Nehemiah Missions (a specialized 
part of TIME)-This group of 37 
young adults will be helping to build a 
chapel at the Brethren camp in North 
Brazil while learning of missions from 
missionaries. Weekends will be in 
Brethren churches as well as the last 
10 days of their stay in Brazil, Leaders 
for the team are Ed and Susan Miller, 
Nora Macon and Dave Knepper. June 
7-July 27 

Operation Barnabas (the high- 
school age church ministry of TIME)— 
Two teams composed of 28 with 5 
leaders on each team will be serving as 
"encouragers" to Grace Brethren 
churches this summer. One team will 
go to the Northwest, while the other 
will minister in California. They will 
do evangelism, present programs for all 
ages, do chores and help wherever they 
can. June 15-July 28 

With 150 persons involved in the TIME ministries this summer, prayer is 
requested for: 

• persons still seeking financial support 

• effectiveness in the participants' lives 

• encouragement to those ministered to 

• safety 

22 APRIL '82 

TIME Workers (Training In Mission- 
ary Endeavor)— short-term workers 
considering missions as a career. 
Workers will serve in Africa, Brazil, 
Europe, Mexico City, the Mexico 
Border, the Navajo Mission, Kentucky 
and Alaska. Dates and ministries vary 
for the 14 involved in the general 
TIME program. 

Euro-Missions Institute (a special- 
ized part of TIME)— This group of 32 
young adults will be in Europe for six 
weeks. The first two weeks will be 
spent in instruction of European field 
strategy at the Chateau in France. 
Three weeks will be in practical obser- 
vation and ministries in France, 
Germany, England or Belgium. The 
last week will include evaluation of 
their potential for ministry in Euro- 
pean missions. June 2-July 13 1 


n Rev. George Christie accepted the pastorate of the 
Community Grace Brethren Church of Prosser, Wash. 
He began his ministry there on Jan. 25. 

D Pastor Larry Smithwick from Anchorage, Alaska, 
GBC, was the special speaker at the Harrah, Wash., 
GBCon Feb. 21. 

D Rev. Fred Kinzie, a former pastor of the Harrah, 
Wash., GBC, celebrated his ninety-first birthday on 
Jan. 29. 

n The LaMirada, Calif., group became a "Grace 
Brethren Fellowship" on Jan. 1, pastored by Rev. 
Richard Cron. This was formerly a part of the 
Community Grace Brethren Church of Whittier— 
one church with two locations— and pastored by 
Rev. John Mayes, former pastor of the Whittier 

The LaMirada congregation is using the school 
facilities of the Whittier church for their services. 

D Dr. George Peek, retired pastor of the North 
Long Beach Brethren Church, has been interim 
pastor of the Community Grace Brethren Church 
of Whittier, Calif., since Nov. The congregation is 
enjoying fiis ministry among them. 

D Rev. Peter Peer was ordained to the Christian 
ministry on Nov. 29 at the Bethel Brethren Church in 
Berne, Ind. Peter's father, Rev. Earle Peer from the 
Harrisburg, Pa., GBC presented the ordination mes- 
sage. The following men participated in the laying on 
of hands: Charles Ashman, Max Brenneman, Robert 
Culver, Larry Edwards, Greg Howell, Ed Lewis, Galen 
Lingenfelter, Jim Myers, Earle Peer, Gene Witzky, 
and Jack Zielasko. —fasfor Larry Edwards 

n Rev. Robert 
D. Fetterhoff, 
pastor of the 
Grace Brethren 
Church of 
Wooster, Ohio, 
was ordained 
to the Christian 
ministry on 
Dec. 27. His 
father. Rev. 
Dean Fetterhoff, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Greater Atlanta, delivered the ordination 
message entitled, "A Father Speaks to His Son." 
Other participants included Pastors Gerald Teeter and 
Robert Combs, local ministers from the Northeastern 
Ohio district. Lay leaders from the local church were 
also involved in the service. 

too early to think about your order for 1983 offering 
envelopes, if you want to save money! Re-order infor- 
mation has been mailed to all churches that placed an 
order for 1982 envelopes from the Herald Co. If you 
did not order your envelopes from the Herald, why 
not let us quote prices on your 1983 needs? Send a 
sample copy of the envelope you are currently using 
to the Missionary Herald, P.O. Box 544, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. You'll receive a prompt reply, and 
it will give you an opportunity to compare prices! 


Hearty congratulations to, and may Cod's blessing rest upon 
these new families who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six-month subscription to the Herald is given to 
newlyweds, not previously subscribing, whose addresses are 
supplied by the officiating minister. The church is billed for the 
additional months to make the newlywed subscription expire 
the same time as others from the church. 

Gregory and Joann Smith, Aug. 29, Grace Brethren Church, 
Winchester, Va. 

William and Brenda Virts, Sept. 18, Grace Brethren Church, 
Winchester, Va. 

(Continued on page 40) 

1 APRIL '82 


ODC Christian Education 

Box 365, Winona Lake, IN 46590 Telephone: 219/267-6622 

Thank you for your prayers, support, 
and offerings as we help! 

IMore Than 

Hard Boiled 


From GBC Christian Education, a very 
happy Easter time and new life to you. 

We give an award at each conference for 
"new life" in a church. There is no question 
that pendulums swing in churches, and that 
some that have had aching days turn to 
springtime days. Joy and vigorous growth 
and love come out of doldrums. It happens 
as people are made alive in Christ and work 
with special vigor. 

Easter speaks of new life, and Christian 
education is all about that. New life by the 

Knute Larson, Executive DirsM 
Judy Ashman, Director of SIVIM 

witness of God's Spirit first, but then by 
growth in that Spirit, to be filled and knowl- 
edgeable and caring. We are committed to 
helping churches with programs and minis- 
tries. To equip and help churches do things 
together that they don't do along. 

We provide ministries and ideas and 

And like you, we are glad to be on the 
team with the risen Christ. 

Happy Resurrection! ■ 

The Caring System: TflB/TW} \h 

Given the nature of the beast, every 
church must have one: a way to enfold 
people in the love blanl<et of the 
church, where they feel needed and 

This is the caring system. 

They sell them in boxes (The Car- 
ing System, c/o Institute in American 
Church Growth, 333 E. Foothill Blvd., 
Arcadia, Calif. 91006) ... we list how 
on pages ("Inside Track, December 
1981 and others). 

But mostly it depends on you. 

If you are an official teacher or 
deacon-deaconess at your church, you 

have caring as a part of your job de- 
scription. If you are a Christian, the 
same. Having "the same care for one 
another" (1 Cor. 12:25) will show in 
your life in very practical ways of- 
ficially and personally. Such as: 
7. You slide over beside visitors or 
alone people in a pew and wel- 
come them and introduce them to 
the service and others. 

2. You phone or stop by to see 
people who have been missing to 
see if they are all right. 

3. You walk over to new people in 
the hall and share smiles and "lis- 

tening ears"; or you go over t 
where they are seated after the se 

4. You pray for people in your arsi 
of responsibility-the class yo, 
teach, the youth you sponsor, tl 
list you shepherd. 

5. You make peace and don 't smile < 
two fellow Christian friends wl 
want to allow a grievance to go w< 

6. You hang around a little whi 
after services to greet and listei 
You arrive before the last minw 
for the same reason. 

Special thanks to the top 

twenty in giving this last 


At Palm Springs 

August 1 and 2 

1982 Christian Education 

Part of a very special week 
called FGBC National Conference. 


APRIL '82 

1 . Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Indiana 

2. Grace Brethren Church, Ashland, Ohio 

3. Bellflower Brethren Church, Bellflower, California 

4. Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church, Telford, Pennsylvania 

5. First Brethren Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana 

6. Grace Brethren Church, Temple Hills, iVIaryland 

7. Grace Brethren Church, Hagerstown, Maryland 

8. First Brethren Church, Rittman, Ohio 

9. Hope Grace Brethren Church, Dillsburg, Pennsylvania 

10. Community Grace Brethren Church, Warsaw, Indiana 

11. Meyersdale Grace Brethren Church, Meyersdale, Pennsylvania 

12. Myerstown Grace Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pennsylvania 

13. Grace Brethren Church of Norton, Norton, Ohio 

14. First Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio 

15. Grace Brethren Church, Lanham, Maryland 

16. Martinsburg Grace Brethren Church, Martinsburg, Pennsylvania 

17. Grace Brethren Church (Marion Avenue), Mansfield, Ohio 

18. Ellet Grace Brethren Church, Akron, Ohio 

19. First Brethren Church, Johnstown, Pennsylvania 

20. Grace Brethren Church, Wooster, Ohio 

STAFF NOTES . . . Director of SMM Miss Judy Ashman will become Dii « 
of SMM Mrs. Rick Fairman in a special church service called wedding o f 
urday. May 15. See the Charis handbook for details! Our congratulatioc 4 
delight! ... Ed Lewis will be leading GBC youth pastors and wives, <^ 
sponsors, and others at this year's "Reach Out Strategy" week-"a fab 4 

Christian ed. 
Itch growth 

Ed Lewis, Director of Youth Ministries 
1 Muggins, Director of Road IVIinistries 




Youth Leaders Reach Out 

1982 National Evangelism Leadership 

Barry St, Clair, LeRoy Eims, Gordon 

MacDonald, and others 
April 12-16, Ridgecrest, NC 

Plus D-Days-April 17 
Inquiries to: 

Ed Lewis 

GBC Christian Education 

P.O. Box 365 

Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Evangelism Explosion III 

April 16-21, Modesto Big Valley Grace 

Community Church, Modesto, CA 
Send Registration to: 


P.O. Box 23820 

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33307 

Preaching and 
Christian Ed Workshops 

Oswald Hoffman and Kenneth Gangel 
April 27-29 - $35 -Ashland, Ohio 
inquiries to: 

Knute Larson 


1144 W. Main Street 

Ashland, Ohio 44805 


(Uj Lrt cuum 

You open up your home for indi- 
viduals and small groups, mixing 
i newer people with standby s. 
\ You practice what to say to some- 
lone after, "Hi. How are you? Did 
'' you hear who won the game?" 
You get training for joining or be- 
ginning some kind of a visitation 
or follow-up program for church 
visitors and new Christians. 
I You help welcome newer ones to 
^the adult classes, adult Bible fel- 
\lowships, Sundays by saving the 
*best seats for them, sitting near 
them, and talking together. 

1 7. You even ask the pastor if there 
are people you can visit to help 
feel at home at church. 
12. You settle the tension about self, 
and agree that God can use your 
love to help others; and you pro- 

When the jet crash at National Air- 
port happened several months ago, 
America watched as a government em- 
ployee jumped into the icy waters to 
rescue the lady whose arms gave out; 
and we heard the story of "the sixth 
man" who handed the rescue rope to 
others and was gone before the heli- 

copter returned. The caring system. 

When the DC 10 leaned over the 
Boston harbor by accident and people 
were thrown into the deathly cold 
waters, the one lady on the "wrong" 
side of the plane called out for 30 
minutes before rescue— almost too 
long. And there are those in our 
churches whose needs are only identi- 
fied when calls are made, or homes are 
visited— when we check the "other 
sides" in the church, out of the reach 
of the ministering blanket of church 

Thank you for caring! 

And for helping us care! 

«==;^4=^^%\JuCt32 rJ>J 


Organization of an Adult Bible Fellowship 


Teacher J 

Social Leaders 


Pastor: overall shepherding responsibilities and 
supervision and coordination. 

Teacher: responsible for excellent lesson that 
teaches and involves people. 

Class Leader: starts class with warmth, sets a mood of caring, coordinates socials and Sunday ar- 
rangements so loving happens. 

Deacon or Care Captain: responsible for pastoral care through the class deacons or unit leaders. 
Each of these has up to ten families or singles whom they i/pray for regularly, >/ visit 
occasionally, \/lead in ministry, >/help with special needs. 

Many of our churches, especially the large ones over 1 50, are finding that this kind of "organized 
spontaneous" care is needed in each Adult Bible Fellowship so it is not just a wooden meeting to 
hear a weekly lecture. 

GBC Christian education supports this arrangement and has job descriptions and suggestions on 
hand for your use. ■ 

Deacon or 
Care Captain 

>!time for leaders," they said previous years . . . Our Grace Seminary elec- 
> is semester is on youth and children's ministries, and includes our direc- 
i id Denise Harkness, whose teaching and compiling of resources have 

Io well received . . . The Grace College Minor in Christian Ministries Is 
nderway, with our CE part being the teaching of a 4-hour course each 

semester on church ministries. Kevin Muggins is our coordinator for this course 
which will be ultimately very beneficial for local churches . . . Knute Larson's 
favorite subject these days is ABF handouts series on "I Want to Enjoy My j 
Children," "Ephesians," "Minor Prophets" and "Ecclesiastes." The staff at CE ; 
would be glad to get any of them to you. 

Have pi:Uie 

— ^ "Where have 

JP all the heroes 

■ gone?" Th^s is 

the question 
asked by a popu- 
lar song of a few years ago. And it's a 
very good question, too. Consider the 
heroes that many of us looked up to as 
we were growing up. Almost without 
exception they were like the cowboys 
in white hats such as Gene Autry, 
Hopalong Cassidy, and Roy Rogers. 
They were men who devoted their en- 
ergies to fighting for right and decency 
against the sinister forces of evil. They 
never allowed their integrity to be 
compromised in any way by greed or 
fear, and they always treated the ladies 
with proper courtesy and respect. In 
short, they were the epitome of every- 
thing good, and if we followed their 
exarriple, we would be on the right 
track to becoming decent and law- 
abiding citizens. 

Compare this with the heroes that 
our boys idolize today. Take, for ex- 
ample. Bo and Luke Duke from the 
television program, "The Dukes of 
Hazzard." It would be difficult to find 
two more likeable young men any- 
where. But consider the influence they 
have on their young worshipers. Every 
program seems to have at least 
one rousing chase scene vyhere Bo and 
Luke perform all sorts of acrobatic 
stunts in their car. The General Lee, 
leaping creeks and other obstadies, 
playing "chicken" with the local sheriff 
or his deputies, and doing other feats 
that we can only pray that our chil- 
dren will have sense enough not to imi- 
tate. Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrajn and his 
deputies are always portrayed as dis- 
honest, corrupt, bungling, inept, and 
cowardly; hardly the image we want 
our children to have of law enforce- 
ment personnel. Because of the inept- 
ness of the local sheriff. Bo and Luke 
feel perfectly free to take the law into 
their own hands, bending it at will, be- 
cause, after all, the end does justify 
the means, doesn't it? 

Now this Is supposed to be a family- 
oriented program, and it is probably 

26 APRIL '82 

watbhed faithfully by about 70 per- 
cent of our young people. But what is 
it teaching them, either directly or by 
influence? Do we really 
want our children to adopt 
those attitudes and values? 

Next, consider some of 
the other heroes our chil- 
dren look up to. Last sum- 
mer at our National Ren- 
dezvous, I watched some boys imitat- 
ing the musicians from a particular 
punk-rock band. By their own admis- 
sion, these musicians are homosexuals 
and regular users of hard drugs. Their 
bizarre actions both on and off the 
stage have captured the imagination 
and respect of a host of boys who ad- 
mit to wanting to grow up to be just 
like them. 

Going even further, let's add to this 
list all the sports superstars such as the 
football player who boasted in an in- 
terview that his main goal was to see 
how many opponents he could put out 
of commission, or the basketball play- 
er who corjfided that he regularly iised 
hard drugs to get himself "up" for a 
game. These are the men that our sons 
are looking up to as examples to fol- 
low. They are patterning their lives 
after what they observe in their 
heroes. What values and attitudes are 
they learning? 

I am not trying to suggest that our 
boys should not engage in hero wor- 
ship. It is necessary, and it is universal. 
Whether the man is a warrior re- 
nowned for his feats on the battlefield, 
or an astronaut who has left 
his footprints on the 

bad, though. If that man is setting 
good example in his various roles, I 
can be a powerful, positive influem 
on those who imitate him. TJ 
Apostle Paul understood this concej 
when he encouraged the Corinthii 
church to "be followers of me, even 
I also am of Christ" {1 Cor. 11:1).,j; 
realized that he was a role model^^ 
actually encouraged it because^ 
knew that he was faithfully followii 
Christ. By following him, they, to 
would be following his Lord. 

Due to the inherent nature of 
structure, Grace Brethren Boys is 
unique position in relation to this mi 
ter of hero worship and role modelir 
Our men are working intimately wi 
the boys under their ministry on 
close personal basis week after we« 
The entire format of our curriculum 
designed to give that man as mu 
pergonal time as possible with ea 
boy. As they work together, a frie^n 
ship bond develops and the boy re 
izes that this man genuinely loves h' 
and cares about his problems a' 
needs. And all the time the mar>- 
with the boy, he is showing him hov 
Christian man responds to the sit« 
tions he encounters and where 
places his values and priorities, 
short, he is himself becoming a n 
model for the boy. The boy begins 
pattern himself after his friend, ant 
tremendous influence is exerted, 
leading him into a closer personally 
lationship with our LoVd Jesus Chri 

Consider the example of lit 
Johnny. His dad and mother are 
vorced. WTom's current boyfriend d( 
not particularly like to have |Jphn 
around. i/VheipIr is 


is a hero. 

Every move, every ex- 
pression, every attitude is 
carefujly imitated by a host 
of young hero worshipers 
whose supreme goal in life 
is to grow up to be "just like 

Because of the reverence 
the boys have for this hero, he 
also becomes a role-modgl for 
them. They watch how he treats 
his wife and vow that they will do the 
same thing. Thus he becomes a model 
for the various roles they will assume 
in adulthood. This is not necessarily 

ing young boy going to turn for 
xample in how to live the com- 
ited life that is expected of him? 
only men he has any real knowl- 
of are his heroes, if they are sel- 
men of the world, Johnny is in 
ble. But if he is fortunate enough 
«long to a Grace Brethren church 
has an active Grace Brethren Boys 
ram, he will find a group of corn- 
ed men in that unit who realty 
about him. They will take the 
to listen to his problems and just 
ith him. And whether or not they 
:e it, those men will also become 
imodels, displaying a pattern that 
iny can follow as he develops his 
j system of priorities and values. 
ir are building torhorrow's 
prs today. ■ 

Grace Brethren Boys 


\ "«< 


ike Ostrander, National Director of Grace Brethren Boys 

"Faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also' 

National Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Men, 



Choosing books for an 

upcoming Creation 

Seminar. Richard Snell 

and family-Priscilla, 

Autumn, and Matthew. 

Richard Snell with wife, 
Priscilla, teaching a chil- 
dren's church class. 

The Ministry of a Man 

Richard Snell with Pastor Lee 
Dice at a planning session. 

One of the primary goals of the National Men's 
Fellowship is to encourage MEN IN MINISTRY 
of our Brethren constituency. In order to focus 
on this objective, Mr. Harold Hollinger, president of 
Grace Brethren Men and Boys, interviewed Mr. 
Richard Snell at the Hope Grace Brethren Church in 
Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, pastored by Rev. Lee Dice. 
This congregation was organized late in 1972 and to- 
day the morning service has approximately 150 in at- 

Q Richard, share with us when you became a 
Christian and a bit about your Christian life. 

I was raised in a non-Christian family in the West 
Shore area of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. In January 
1962 I accepted Christ as my Saviour at a Youth For 
Christ rally while in high school. My Sunday school 
teacher at the time made sure I got there. I kept 
growing in the Lord through good Bible preaching, 
good teachers, personal study and seminars. 

QWhen did you become acquainted with Grace 
Brethren and what are your present duties and 
responsibilities at the church? 

I first became acquainted with a GBC in 1976 
when we moved to this area. We wanted a good Bible 
teaching church close to home. At the present time I 
serve as "Elder in charge of Education." My minis- 
tries include making sure the total educational pro- 
gram of the church operates successfully, training 
teachers, making sure the teaching tools are available 
to the staff. I also teach an adult Sunday school class. 

help with the youth on Wednesday evenings and also 
teach with my wife the children's church every three 

I -I Richard, what is your vocation? 

I have been a senior high school teacher in social 
studies, psychology and government in the Carlisle, 
Pennsylvania, system for fifteen years. 

QWe understand that an area of your ministry in 
the school recently received the attention of 
the American Civil Liberties Union. Could you share 
that with us? 

Ever since I have been in teaching, I have had a de- 
sire to help teens get involved with Jesus Christ. 
About three years ago we finally got our Bible club 
meeting during the regular club meeting time for all 
school clubs. Soon the A.C.L.U. came in, uninvited, 
and as a result the school board issued a directive 
that the Bible club could no longer meet during the 
regular club meeting time. 



Richard, one last question. What do you feel 
men in general should be doing, that isn't being 

From where I have been and what I have learned, I 
would say that too many men are content to let the 
church do the ministry for their family, and they are 
not really the priest of their own family. Men must be 
educating their children and serving as the spiritual 
leader of the home. ■ 


APRIL '82; 

— Women Manifesting Christ — 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 



Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings 
Highway, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
(Tel. 219/267-7603) 

First Vice President 

Mrs. Robert (Althea) Miller, 5772 Karen 
Avenue, Cypress, California 90630 (Tel. 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Car- 
riage Lane, Powell, Ohio 43065 (Tel. 


Mrs. Fred (Margie) Devan, Jr., 2507 Van- 
couver Drive, N.W., Roanoke, Virginia 
24012 (Tel. 703/366-2843) 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Donald (Marilyn) Weltmer, Route 
No. 1, Box 131, Gerradstown, West 
Virginia 25420 (Tel. 304/229-3920) 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut 
Avenue, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
(Tel. 219/267-7588) 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Route No. 1 , 
Box 59, Lake Odessa, Michigan 48849 
(Tel. 616/693-2315) 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route No. 8, 
Box 297, Warsaw, Indiana 46580 (Tel. 


Miss Nora Macon. 100 Fourth Street. 
Winona Lake. Indiana 46590 (Tel. 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut 
Street, Troy, Ohio 45373 (Tel. 513/ 

Msstcnary OSlnhdays 

JUNE 1982 

(H no address is listed, the address will be found on pages 52 and 53 
of the 1982 Brethren Annual./ 


Rev. Dan Pettman June 14 

Rev. Dan Green June 16 

c/o Tim Farner, Rua Joao XXIII No. 520, 38.400 Uberlandia, 

Minas Gerais, Brazil 


Mrs. Dorothy Goodman June 12 

Rev. Roy Snyder June 1 5 

Mrs. June Immel June 24 


Mrs. Betsy Hudson June 3 

Timothy Hudson June 19, 1975 

Rev. Tom Julien June 27 


Rev. Roger Peugh June 17 

Mrs. Nancy Peugh June 17 

Monica Pappas June 18, 1976 


Mrs. Claudia Schrock June 25 


Rev. Earl Futch June 10 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Rev. Les Vnasdale June 11 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Amy Paden June 12, 1977 

Rev. Martin Garber June 14 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Lynda Garber June 15, 1969 

P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Miss Marie Mishler June 19 

Miss Diana Davis June 29 

Christian Education Offering 

Goal - $7,000 

Deadline - April 30, 1982 

Sponsorship of the Director of 


SMM Girl of the Year 



r'^^t^T F°''^'9" Missions Offering 

S/b Goal -SI 0,000 

' *" deadline - June 10, 1982 

Continuation of raising funds for 

the new IVIissionary Residence 

in Winona Lake, Indiana 

i APRIL '82 


Are You Prepared? 

by Miriam Pacheco 

National WMC President 

The time is coming! Are you ready? Do 
you have everything in order? 

These questions are not theological— they 
are procedural. Conducting an election can be 
as disastrous as being chairman of the nomi- 
nating committee. Since these two positions 
are sometimes occupied by one and the same 
person, who needs a double dose? 

It's not as difficult as it sounds-and here 
are a few basic guidelines to help: 

1 . Prepare in advance. 

—Have written or printed ballots (even 
for just a few people). 

—Write out your part if you are not 
familiar with business meeting proce- 

2. Speak clearly and loud enough for all to 

— If there is a microphone— use it! 

3. Be sure those who are voting know who 
they are. 

—The simplest way is to ask the mem- 
bers or delegates to stand as the ballots 
are passed out. 

— If your gathering has a registration of 
delegates for voting purposes, never 
proceed with an election until those 
delegates have been properly seated ac- 
cording to rules of business. 

4. Be sure that each nominee is introduced 
and seen by the voters. 

—This is no time for shyness! The voters 
must be able to picture the face that 
belongs to the name on the ballot. 

5. Be brief in asking for nominations from 
the floor (if your rules allow for this). 

—When this is done, state, "The nomi- 
nations are closed." 

6. Instruct the voters to mark the ballots 

and then tell them how to fold the 
ballots and which way to pass them to 
the tellers. 

7. As soon as the results have been tallied, 
report them to the presiding officer. 

Whew! You're finished. That wasn't really 
all that hard now, was it? 

A moment of prayer is appropriate at any 
time during this procedure. It helps to calm 
your soul as well. 

Whatever we do— when done in His strength 
and for His glory— will be pleasing to God. 
Even conducting an election! ■ 


APRIL '82; 

f baoH f oa ! 

Dear Mrs. Pacheco and WMCs, 

The Student Council officers of Grace 
Theological Seminary would like to thank 
you so very much for an excellent job on re- 
decorating the Seminary lounge. We certainly 
appreciate the time, money, and, most of all, 
the love involved in your efforts. May our 
gracious God bless you and your ministry to 

In Christ, 

Student Council Officers, 1981-82 

Dear WMC Ladies, 

We'd like to share our first impression with 
you upon walking into the new Missionary 
Residence: Beautiful! Elegant! Color coordi- 
nated! Spotless! New! 

The Residence says to us "WMC cares 
about the missionaries. " Thank you so much 
for helping build a home away from home for 
us. This really means a lot to us. 

May God richly bless you as you continue 
to serve Him. 

Thank you! 

Howard and June Immel 
Missionaries to the C.A.R. 

Attention District Presidents! 

Soon you will be receiving a packet of information from our national 
secretary, Margie Devan. Please be sure and complete the forms as directed. 

If you are the district president for 1981-82 (whether you are finishing 
your term or serving another year), you have the following duties to per- 

1. Send the local annual report forms, credential forms, and program 
packet information to the local presidents of your district. These items 
are in the packet. When the annual report forms from the local presi- 
dents are returned to you, compile the annual district report. More in- 
structions are in the packet. 

2. Write a four-minute achievement report which will be presented by the 
new president or representative at the national WMC board meetings. 

3. Pass on complete records and a list of duties or suggestions to the new 
president, if you are completing your term. 

4. Make plans for you or the new president or a representative to attend 
national WMC board meetings on August 2. More details are included 
in the packet. 

These responsibilities belong to the 1981-82 district president, not a 
newly elected one. Thanks for your great cooperation. ■ 

i APRIL '82 





^ .■ j.V-i -- — ^^ 

— Some WMC groups are turning the draw- 
ings for the mission studies (provided in the 
program packets) into invitations. Others have 
made overheads from the drawings. 

— Some worl<ing ladies are getting involved 
in the fifteenth day of prayer by meeting to- 
gether for prayer during lunch times or calling 
each other for prayer during breaks. 

— Write to some missionaries and find out 
what they like to find in church missionary 
chests, then go to it. 

— Here are some notes from your national 
WMC officers: 

District Treasurers; Please remember to send 
your Operations and Publications Offerings to 
Joyce Ashman. 

The district project goals for this year are 
wonderful! Thanks for your support of these 

District Editors: Have you been sending a 
copy of your district newsletter or bulletin to 
Miriam Pacheco and Nora Macon? If you have 
not, please do! 

District Presidents: Be sure to meet your 
deadlines for the reports and forms Margie 
Devan needs before national conference. Fol- 
low the instructions carefully— it will be great 
help to her! 

We're looking forward to seeing many WMC 
ladies at national conference in California. Be 
making plans to attend— exciting and Interest- 
ing WMC sessions are scheduled. ■ 

by Joan Snively 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

The two older children have boarded the school 
bus; the third, visible from my bedroom window, is 
enjoying the companionship of a neighbor child, 
while sweet little puffs of air rise from the crib of my 
sleeping infant. Thank You, Lord, for this brief mo- 
ment of serenity after another hectic morning. Only 
ten minutes ago my head was flying in four 
directions. I now sit and focus inwardly. 

There are beds crying to be made, breakfast dishes 
begging to be cleared, baskets of clothing demanding 
to be laundered (these tasks never run off to play or 
go to sleep like their contributors). 

in this quiet interval. Lord, help me to realize how 
privileged I am to be part of the confusion. Not that 
packing lunches, sweeping spilled Cheerios, and 
brushing snarled hair should be the source of my 
morning joy. But because You are my morning joy. 
Father, let me revel in the fact You have chosen me 
to help set order to this melodic chaos and to provide 
a place where little growing bodies can be com- 
fortable and safe. 

I remember something my grandmother said after 
our family of five converged upon her home several 
years ago. She walked into the living room where I sat 
nursing my baby. The other two children were play- 
ing with the books and toys they had spread all over 
the floor. Looking around the disheveled room. 
Grandma smiled softly then said, "It's so good to see 
a mess again." 

As mothers of young children, we need to remind 
ourselves of the joy that a mess represents. Some days 
I look around and wonder if this house will ever be 
organized the way I would like it to be. Other days, I 
am certain that it won't! But I am sure that the 
clutter and chaos will leave as quickly as these chil- 
dren do. 

As I continue to work at setting order to this 
house, help me. Lord, to be even more diligent in 
guiding the lives of these temporary dwellers. ■ 


APRIL '82: 

Pastor of Grace Brethren Church, Long 
Beach, California, In Film Series 

Dr. David Hocking, pastor of the Grace Brethren 
Church in Long Beach, California, is featured in a 
series of 5 films titles, LOVE AND MARRIAGE. 
These have been released through FAMILY LIFE 
DISTRIBUTORS, Inc. of El Cajon, California. Here 
is a list of the titles and contents of the films. 

Love & Marriage 

A Five Film Series 

Why we must communicate 

Dr. Hocking skillfully exposes the seven hin- 
drances to good marital communication and 
opens the channels for loving exchange. The es- 
sentials that make for good communication so 
necessary for a good marriage are guidelines 
found in the Bible. 

Who's your best friend? 

Dr. Hocking explains from the clear teaching of 
the Bible how husband and wife can become best 
friends, as they ought to be. The joy and strength 
of an intimate friendship with your marriage part- 
ner opens new dimensions of love. 

Marriage and money 

Money is one of the most difficult areas in mar- 
riage in which to share true feelings. Dr. Hocking 
explains essentials such as the ownership of 
money, possessions and debts. He presents Bib- 
lical principles that can set a marriage free from 
the pressure of money. 

What the Bible says about sex 

Dr. Hocking uses the Bible to answer questions 
about sex that have been incorrectly answered by 
the secular world. This film tastefully presents the 
Biblical conditions necessary to have the bless- 
ings of sexual vitality and interest continue and 
grow throughout one's married life. 

How to control your desires 

Dr. Hocking describes the four Biblical principles 
that are absolutely necessary in order to have a 
satisfying, fulfilling sexual life. They are straight- 
forward and practical and eliminate many prob- 
lems in the area of sex and its control. 

This series rents for $240. in the U.S. or $282. in 
Canada. It is available from most Christian film li- 
braries. Each film is 40 minutes long. Single titles 
from the series are available only through June of 
1982 and rent for $60. each. 

Dr. David Hocking 

leased a film on divorce by Dr. Hocking. Since the 
rate of divorce is growing inside the church, and 
since there is much confusion about what the Bi- 
ble really teaches about it. Dr. Hocking presents 
what he believes is a Biblical perspective on this 
vital issue. 

Death of a Family 

This film has a wide audience appeal. It is excel- 
lent for young couples contemplating marriage. 
Married couples experiencing the stress of mar- 
riage need to have their values reinforced. The 
rapidly changing social culture of this world is 
superimposing its values on all of society so that 
it is difficult for Christians to sort out what they 

Those who have gone through the pain of divorce 
will profit greatly from the Christian counsel this 
film provides on the subject of remarriage. 

This single film is 45 minutes long and rents for 
$66.00 in the U.S. and $75. in Canada. 

For a list of Christian film libraries, you can write 
or call the Brethren Missionary Herald, or contact 
20059, El Cajon, California 92021. 

Steve Griffith , 
Senior Soccer Player Honored 

by Vance Christie 

Grace College soccer standout Steve Griffith of 
Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, has been selected as a 
member of the 1981 NAIA Academic Ail-American 
Soccer Team it has been announced by Harry Fritz, 
executive director of the National Association of 
Intercollegiate Athletics. 

Steve's father and mother, Rev. and Mrs. D. 
Robert Griffith, Route 1, Box 555, Hollidaysburg, 
Pennsylvania, are alumni of Grace Theological Semi- 
nary and Grace College. Pastor Griffith, who received 
the B.D. degree from the seminary in 1953, pastors 
the Vicksburg Grace Brethren Church. Joyce (former- 
ly Polman) attended the college in 1 950-51 . 

The Griffiths' son, a senior and a biology major, 
has had a successful tenure at Grace, both on and off 
the athletic field. While participating in a number of 
athletic, academic, spiritual, and social activities, he 

has maintained one of the highest grade point aver- 
ages of his class. 

His accomplishments on the soccer field have been 
noteworthy. This past year, while scoring three goals 
and contributing two assists from his halfback posi- 
tion, he was elected to the All Mid-Central Confer- 
ence Team and to the NCCAA All District III Second 
Team. As a junior he was selected as a member of the 
NAIA All District 21 Team. 

"Steve gave us tremendous leadership as a captain 
in leading a young team the past two years," Grace 
Coach Dave Diehl said. "That's an intangible you 
can't always put your finger on." 

Diehl says that Griffith, the only senior on Grace's 
1981 soccer squad, is "not a flashy player." The hard- 
working senior, however, for the past two years has 
been awarded the team's Total Release Award. Ex- 
plains Diehl, "That award embodies the total player. 
We look at a player's dedication, skill, hustle and co- 
operation; we consider the total athlete." 

The four-year letterman's soccer success began as a 
freshman when he was voted the team's Rookie of 
the Year. He used the honor as a stepping stone to 
other accomplishments. Says Diehl of Griffith's de- 
velopment as an athlete at Grace: "Steve really is a 
coach's delight. Between his freshman and sophomore 
years he decided to be one of the best players on the 
team and became totally dedicated." 

Griffith has proven to be a consistent team leader, 
both giving and accepting advice. "When he took over 
the team's leadership," comments Diehl, "he was very 
hard on the guys, like I think a good leader has to be. 
But he also accepted criticism, as he wanted to better 

Steve's splendid campus contributions were recog- 
nized and honored earlier this year when Steve was 
one of 10 Grace seniors selected to appear in the 
1981-82 edition of Who's Who Among Students in 
American Colleges and Universities. Campus nomi- 
nating committees and editors of the annual Who's 
Who directory included his name based on his aca- 
demic achievement, service to the community, leader- 
ship in extracurricular activities and future potential. 
His other activities at Grace have included being a 
member of Alpha Chi, the school's chapter of the 
second largest national honor society in America, 
student government and varsity track. As a sopho- 
more he served as the vice president of his class and 
was active with Grace's larger student governing 
body. Student Senate. ■ 


APRIL '82: 


Honor Roll of Churches 

1981 - 82 Academic Year 

Church and Pastor 

Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church (Charles Ashman) 
Pleasant View Community Church (Ivan French) 
Community Grace Brethren Church (David Plaster) 
First Brethren Church (Robert Fetterhoff) 
Worthington Grace Brethren Church (James Custer) 
Fellowship Baptist Church (Jerry Sisson) 
First Baptist Church (Dan Gelatt) 
Bethel Brethren Church (Ward Miller) 
Grace Brethren Church (Knute Larson) 
Community Gospel Church (Robert Hueni) 
Living Gospel Church (Otto Beer, Jr.) 
Community Grace Brethren Church (John Gillis) 
Grace Brethren Church of Greater Washington 

(James Dixon) 
Chapel in University Park (Dave Burnham) 
Grace Brethren Church (Randy Poyner) 
Grace Brethren Church (Dave Marksbury) 
First Baptist Church (Larry Overstreet) 
Grace Brethren Church (Terrance Taylor) 
Harmony Bible Church (J. Edward Davis) 
Peru Grace Brethren Church (James Marshall) 
Grace Brethren Church (Everett Caes) 
Grace Brethren Church (Paul Woodruff) 
Sidney Grace Brethren Church (Ron Manahan, interim) 
Waimalu Grace Brethren Church (James Kennedy) 
Lehigh Valley Grace Brethren Church (Ron Guiles) 
Grace Brethren Church of Huber Heights (Howard Mayes) 
Blackhawk Baptist Church (Rick Hawks) 
Grace Brethren Church (Leiand Friesen) 
Indian Heights Grace Brethren Church (Dick Sellers) 
Community Baptist Church (Vaughn Sprunger) 
Grace Brethren Church (Kenneth Cosgrove) 

City /State 




Winona Lake, IN 




Warsaw, IN 




Warsaw, IN 




Wooster, OH 




Worthington, OH 




Warsaw, IN 




Elkhart, IN 




Osceola, IN 




Ashland, OH 




Bremen, IN 




Nappanee, IN 




Simi Valley, CA 




Temple Hills, MD 




Akron, OH 




Hagerstown, MD 




Kent, WA 




Warsaw, IN 




Canton, OH 




Danville, lA 




Peru, IN 




Elkhart, IN 




Indianapolis, IN 




Sidney, IN 




Aiea, HI 




Bethlehem, PA 




Dayton, OH 




Fort Wayne, IN 




Fremont, OH 




Kokomo, IN 




South Bend, IN 




York, PA 




iAPRIL '82 


On Tour 

by Ron Henry 

Director of Admissions 

It was my privilege to be a part of the 1982 Grace 
College basketball tour which included 12 players and 
3 coaches. We left Winona Lake, Indiana, on Decem- 
ber 30 for the first stop in Southern California. While 
in Southern California, the Lancers played Cal. State, 
Bakersfield Azuza Pacific College, Simon Fraser Col- 
lege of Canada and Olivet Nazarene College of Kanka- 
kee, Illinois (the latter three were in a tournament 
that was held at Point Loma College). 

While in Southern California, the Lancers held 
church services and met with Sunday school classes at 
the North Long Beach Grace Brethren Church and 
the Simi Valley Grace Brethren Church. On Wednes- 
day evening, January 6, the basketball team partici- 
pated in the midweek service at one of the churches 
in Tijuana, Mexico. This was an outstanding experi- 
ence for the young men as they shared their testi- 
monies through the means of an interpreter. Jack 
Churchill. Then on Sunday, January 10, they con- 
ducted the morning service at the Grace Brethren 
Church in San Diego and then traveled north and 
conducted the evening service as well as the after- 
service youth meetings at the Bellflower Grace Breth- 
ren Church. 

On Monday, January 11, the basketball team flew 
to Hilo, Hawaii, where they played two games with 
the University of Hawaii. 

On Wednesday, January 13, they were involved in 

the midweek service at the Waimalu Grace Brethren 
Church on Oahu. 

They then participated in basketball games with 
Brigham Young University on Friday and with 
Chaminade College on Saturday. 

Sunday morning the team split into three groups- 
holding services in all three Brethren churches on 
Oahu and then concluded their ministry with the 
evening service at the Waimalu Grace Brethren 

As both a participant and an observer, I felt that 
the basketball team did an excellent job of repre- 
senting Grace College as well as our Lord. One of the 
players led a young man to the Lord during the flight 
from Los Angeles to Hilo, Hawaii, and is currently 
following up on that young man. On another occa- 
sion, a Hawaiian parent made the comment that after 
meeting these young men, she had no problem with 
sending her daughter to Grace College. She said she 
had never met such fine, upstanding young men in 
her life. She was very impressed. It might be further 
noted that of the 12 basketball players, 5 of them are 
definitely planning to go into some type of full-time 
ministry, either as a pastor or as a missionary. There- 
fore, the trip served as just another means of outreach 
for them. 

Having traveled with various groups from Grace 
College, I honestly feel that this type of ministry is 
every bit as effective as any other type of a ministry 
group that we could send out, whether it be a week- 
end ministry team, summer traveling teams, or ath- 
letic teams such as this. ■ 

This year the Grace College's basketball team, coached by Jim Kessler, won the first Mid-Central Confer- 
ence crown m the schools' history. The Lancers defeated Marion. Indiana, in the final game of the series to 

clinch the crown. 


APRIL '82 i 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

Do you have a long-range projection of Christian serv- 
ice in your close walk with the Lord? 

Are you skilled in heating, ventilation, and air- 

Are you an electrician or welder? 

Grace College and Seminary needs versatile skilled 
staff members in those fields to work in the Physical 
Plant Department. 

This could be your opportunity to become involved 
in a growing ministry at a training center for Christian 
young people. 

For an application write: 

Harold E.Witzky 
Director of Physical Plant 
Grace Schools 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Your Company 


This past year GRACE SCHOOLS 
received more than 

$ 52,000.00 

from the employers of many 
of our friends. 

Checl< your employer or company 

to see if they will match your 

gift to Grace Schools. 

For more information write: 


Development Office 

Grace Schools 

Winona Lake, Indiana 



Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

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JANUARY 1982 HONOR ROLL is as follows 

In Memory of : 

Keifer Grossnici<le 
Dr. and Mrs. Kennetin B. 

Mr. E. H. Blough 

Mary Tliornton 
Mr. Ray Arnold 
Martha C. Massie 
Elizabeth Grill 

In Honor of : 

Mrs. Lois Kirscht 
Grace Brethren Church, 

Wooster, Ohio 
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Landry 
Mrs. June F. Blough 
Miss June E. Blough 
Miss Mary Merrick 
Mrs. W. H. Greenwood 
Mrs. W. H. Greenwood 
Basore Road Grace Brethren 

Church, Dayton, Ohio 

I APRIL '82 

(Continued from page 18) 
been five deaths in the immediate 
families of those who fellowship 
with us. As a result, many have 
come to know Christ because 
people shared the love of God and 
the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

What a joy it has been to see 
God's Word taught, studied, and 
shared in Bible studies in addition 
to the regular church services. Fel- 
lowshiping together and sharing the 
love of Christ with one another is 
the continuing goal of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Melbourne. 
"But to do good and to communi- 
cate [share] forget not: for with 
such sacrifices God is well pleased," 
says Hebrews 13:16. The people 
here have also been faithful to share 
God's material blessings and we 
were able to reach our budget goal 
for 1981. 

Recognizing the importance of 
fulfilling the Great Commission of 
our Lord, the church unanimously 
agreed to increase giving to both 
home and foreign missions this 
year. I praise the Lord for the 
vision of the people in this area. 

Another area of blessing has 
been in the observance of the 
Lord's supper. The special time of 
remembrance usually lasts about 
two hours, as the people share what 
the Lord has accomplished in their 
lives. Twenty-eight people partici- 
pated in the communion just before 
Christmas. One man, attending for 
the first time, said, "I feel like this 
is the first real communion service 
I have ever attended." 

The prayers of the Brethren 
throughout the Fellowship have 
brought God's blessings upon us 
and we earnestly solicit your con- 
tinued prayer support for the 
Lord's work in Melbourne. We ask 
that you pray for a larger meeting 
place for our growing congregation, 
and for our goal of seeing at least 
30 people accept Christ by the end 
of the year. Pray also for an average 
attendance of 100 by the end of 

We want to thank those who 
pray for us in Melbourne. God is 
faithful and He tells us to "Be 
anxious for nothing, but in every- 
thing by prayer and supplication 
with thanksgiving, let your requests 
be made known unto God" (Phil 
4:6). ■ 


BHMC UPDATE (Continued from page 17) 

funds were not available to bring him from the West Coast, 
where he is stationed with the U. S. Army, for the two 
hours he would be speaking on ministering to the drug 
addict and the alcoholic. 

A phone call to the chaplain explained the situation, 
and he and Dr. Lester E. Pifer, executive secretary, agreed 
to pray about the matter. Within a short time, funds above 
and beyond the regular workshop budget began to arrive at 
the Winona Lake (Indiana) office, designated for the pur- 
pose of sending the chaplain to Myerstown. 

Chaplain Schumacher did make the trip and addressed 
the pastors in those areas, providing keen insight dealing 
with difficult situations. He was one of several outstanding 
Grace Brethren men who addressed the group. 

The three-day conference on March 9-11, included Rev. 
James Custer as the evening Bible hour speaker, and work- 
shops led by Rev. Richard DeArmey, Rev. John Willet, 
Rev. Luke Kauffman, Dr. Robert Thompson, Rev. John 
Zielasko, and Rev. Jesse Deloe. The sessions were kicked 
off on Tuesday with Rev. Bill Gothard's Basic Youth Con- 
flicts Pastors' Conference. 

A more detailed account of this conference will be in- 
cluded in next month's Herald. 

Funds Redirected 

The Brethren Home Missions Council made a decision 
in 1981 to close the church at Santa Barbara, California, 
ending a 36-year attempt to establish a self-supporting 
church in this city. Since 1946, the BHMC has invested 
$114,087 in the form of assistance to the church. The 
decision was rendered after careful deliberation by the 
Board of Directors, who considered the future potential 
of the field and the additional cost necessary in the form 
of financial assistance. The assets were turned over to the 
BHMC, and the funds realized from the sale have been 
directed toward an expanded church-planting budget al- 
located over the next five years. 

A New Church for Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 

Construction of the Grace Brethren Church in Pine 
Grove, Pennsylvania, is scheduled to begin soon, accord- 
ing to Rev. Ralph Hall, director of Brethren Building 
Ministries, who designed the building. 

The church will be constructed on a six-acre piece of 
land located off Interstate 81 on State Rd. 125, between 
Pine Grove and Tremont, Pennsylvania, in the communi- 
ty of Echo Valley. 

Mr. Hall describes the church house as a contemporary 
style, frame building. "We have utilized some passive solar 
heat ideas in it," he notes. It will be heated and cooled by 
a water source geo-thermal heat pump. 

Total cost of the 6,000 square foot building will be 
$250,000, says Mr. Hall. There will be seating capacity for 
200 people, leaving plenty of room for the congregation to 
grow. The attendance has now been averaging between 
75 to 80 people. ■ 

APRIL '82: 

The Pine Grove, Pennsylvania CBC 
has a problem. 

The church began in 1977 as a home 
Bible study under Howard Celsinger. 
Now it is a growing Home Missions 
point with close to 90 in attendance. 
The problem? The present Pine Grove 
facility is bursting at the seams. 

Enter the Brethren Investment Foun- 

The Pine Grove Church would 
like to build on its five acres of 
land. The BIF is taking an active 
part in turning this dream into a 
reality. Pine Grove GBC will be 
receiving a 9.75% growth loan 
from the BIF. When compared 
with loans from secular insitu- 
tions, at 13 to 15%, one can 

realize the sub- 
stantial savings in- 
volved. That's 
why we're here 
... to put church 
expansion within 
the reach of even 
newborn GCBs. 

Rev. Howard 
Gelsinger, Pastor 
of the Pine Grove 
GBC, commented 
on the BIF. 

Dear Brother Fretz, 

When the church was choosing a 
loaning institution they iooked for one 
that cared about the Lord's wori<, of- 
fered comparable interest rates, and 
had favorable reports of previous 
working relationships, the BIF rated 
tops in each of these areas, and 
therefore, the Pine Crove Grace 
Brethren Church has chosen to bor- 
row the need- 
ed funds from 
the BIF. 

The working 
with you and 
your office 
during the 
past months 
of planning has been a real delight, I'm 
also sure you realize that with the 
9.75% interest verus the commercial 
loan rate of today we could save over 
$300,000.00 over a 20 year period. 

I'm glad the Lord has raised up the 
BIF for this purpose. May Cod con- 
tinue to give you wisdom as you serve 
Him at the BIF. 


For the Alta 
Loma, Califor- 
nia GBC, a BIF 
loan meant a 
savings of over 
$142,000. The 
Southern Lan- 
caster, Penn- 
sylvania, GBC is 
saving over 
$200,000. And 
the Anchorage, 

Alaska, CBC is saving over $300,000 in 
interest expense with their BIF loan. 

You've seen our ministry. You know 
the need. Now you can help. It is only 
through your deposits that we can 
continue this fruitful endeavor. Join 
with us as we plan big things. Invest in 
our Fellowship. Invest in the Brethren 
Investment Foundation. 


Pastor Howard Celsinger P.O. Box 587 Winona Lake, IN 46590 

(Continued from page 23) 

Sue Hill and Paul Henning, Dec. 19, Grace Brethren Church, 
Myerstown, Pa. 

Dara Price and John Winter, Jan. 1, Melrose Gardens Grace 
Brethren Church, Harrisburg, Pa. 

Donna Luce and Charles Hudson, Jan. 2, Leon Brethren 
Church, Leon, Iowa. 

Darlene Bashore and Peter Reifsnyder, Jan. 9, Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Laura Wagner and John Dunkle, Jan. 24, Melrose Gardens 
Grace Brethren Church, Harrisburg, Pa. 


Dr. Robert B. Collitt, stewardship counselor for the 
Grace Brethren Missions Stewardship Service, will be 
speal<ing at the following Grace Brethren churches: 

Grace Brethren Church, 700 S. Federal Blvd., 
Denver, Colo., May 2-5. Lester Reid, pastor. 

Hackberry Hill Grace Brethren Church, 7100 
Wadsworth Blvd., Arvada, Colo., May 9-12. 
Dayne Nix, pastor. 

Grace Brethren Church, Corner of 12th and "0" 
Sts., Beaver City, Nebr., May 16-19. Gilbert Hawkins, 

Grace Brethren Church, on Highway 281, Portis, 
Kans., May 23-26. Clarence Lackey, pastor. 

Grace Brethren Church, Highway 476, 4 miles east of 
Lost Creek, Clayhole, Ky., May 30-June 2. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor, 

BRENNEMAN, Earl, 83, Nov. 20. He had been a faithful 

member of the Summit Mills Grace Brethren Church of 

Meyersdale, Pa., for many years. Albert Valentine, pastor. 

BRUMBAUGH, Raymond, 86, a faithful member of the 

Chico Grace Brethren Church, Chico, Calif. Victor Rogers, 


BRUNNER, Karen, 20, Oct. 26, a member of the Myerstown 

Grace Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. Luke Kauffman, 


COX, Virginia, Jan. 7, a member of the Myerstown Grace 

Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 

GREW, Pearl Gladys, 72, Nov. 10, a faithful member of the 
Summit Mills Grace Brethren Church for many years. Albert 
Valentine, pastor. 

LOYCH, Michael, Sept. 12, a member of the Melrose Gardens 
Grace Brethren Church, Harrisburg, Pa. Earle Peer, pastor. 
McDonald, Grant, 85, Hoy. 17, former pastor of several 
Brethren churches of our Fellowship. 

ORWAN, Charles, Dec. 17, a member of the Melrose Gardens 
Grace Brethren Church, Harrisburg, Pa. Earle Peer, pastor. 
REEVES, Maggie, Nov. 1 5, a member of the Melrose Gardens 
Grace Brethren Church, Harrisburg, Pa, Earle Peer, pastor. 
RIFE, Leota,12, Dec. 18, a charter member and also a faith- 
ful member of the Chicc Grace Brethren Church, Chico, 
Calif, Victor Rogers, pastor, 

SHENK, Ira, Dec. 1, a member of the Myerstown Grace 
Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. Luke Kauffman, pastor. 

cfiaiiae ycur annual 

James Ament, 1051 Ridgewood, Long Beach, Calif. 
90807 • Al Edgington, 1301 SR 15 South, War- 
saw, Ind. 46580 (new associate at the Warsaw 
church) • Gary Knagey, 61 8^/2 N. High St., Hartford 
City, Ind. 47348 • Arnold R. Kriegbaum, Rt. 5, Box 
36, Dunnellon, Fla. 32630 • John Mayes, 800 Doyle 
St., Longview, Texas 75601 • Walter Olszewski, 
1872 Seattle St., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44221 • 
Alice Peacock, J. V. Gonzalez 2218, 1879 Quilmes 
Oeste, Buenos Aires, Argentina, S.A. • Stephen 
Roediger, P.O. Box 32, Aleppo, Pa. 15310 (new 
pastor at Aleppo) • James E. Snavely, Tiadagh- 
ton Valley Grace Brethren Church, P.O. Box 299, 
Avis, Pa. 17721 (new church at Jersey Shore, Pa.) • 
Robert Wilson, 4086 Chestnut Lane, Placerville, Calif. 

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Reflections By Still Waters 

Charles W. Turner 


For those who move from place 
to place, one of the more interest- 
ing pastimes is to read signs. They 
can be very helpful to avoid prob- 
lems and to guide a person to his 
destination, or they can be a source 
of entertainment. I would like to 
share with you some of my favorite 
signs which lack validity, or some- 
how do not say what they mean. 

One of the more discouraging 
signs has been found in times past 
on a highway coming from Ohio 
into Indiana. When you first enter 
Indiana, the first sign states that 
you are 26 miles from Fort Wayne. 
After traveling about a mile, an- 
other sign informs you that you are 
now 27 miles from Fort Wayne. 
The closer you get, the farther you 
are from your destination. It looks 
like the signs were put up in the 
wrong order, but perhaps this di- 
lemma could easily describe many 
of my day's activities. The com- 
pleted work schedule keeps moving 
farther away. 

Through the years, a bumper 
sticker I have disliked is the one 
that states: "Honk, if you love 

Jesus." I have never been able to 
fully associate a car horn with my 
personal love for Jesus. It must help 
some people though, and I like to 
be as helpful as possible. If I get 
stopped at a traffic light and, while 
waiting, see this bumper sticker on 
the car in front of me, I just must 
be helpful! So, I honk my horn 
while we wait at the traffic light. 
You know it kind of makes a "wor- 
ship service on the blacktop." 
(After all, there are many successful 
drive-in churches these days.) All I 
have ever received from folks with 
bumper stickers of this type is a 
mean look— as if to say, "What's 
wrong with you?" 

After honking at some of the 
saints I have received more than 
mean looks— would you believe 
even some harsh words? My sug- 
gestion is: do not put on the bump- 
er sticker if you do not mean it! 

In Pennsylvania, I recently drove 
past a sign which stated: "Keep off 
Median." These appear throughout 
the countryside. The thing that 
made this one interesting was that 
the median was solid rock about 20 
feet high which covered the entire 
median. With my little car the chal- 

lenge was more than I would want 
to undertake. Incidentally, Pennsyl- 
vania probably has the most inter- 
esting signs in the United States and 
the names of its towns are unique, 
too ... (I will not give any exam- 
ples here for good reasons.) 

So, signs are helpful, but they 
can be deceiving and not very 
meaningful. Through the years one 
that always caught my attention 
was "Men at Work." As I would 
pass this sign, I would see two men 
talking, men gathered in groups or 
sitting in cars (even nowadays 
women involved in the scene), but 
very seldom were there men really 

There are many true and mean- 
ingful signs along the road of life, 
but the best and truthful ones have 
been given by God. There are many 
signs today that are pointing to the 
end of the road which indicate the 
coming of the Lord is drawing near 
or is at hand. These signs had better 
be believed and heeded ... if they 
are missed the results can be 
terrible and the spiritual conse- 
quences a disaster. 

Look up, for our salvation draws 
nigh! ■ 

MAY •82: 



Volume 44 Number 5 May 1982 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
(ISSN-0161-5238) is published 
monthly by the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, 1 104 
Kings Highway, Winona Lake, IN 
46590. Subscription prices: $6.75 
per year; foreign, $8 .50; special rates 
to churches. Second-class postage 
paid at Winona Lake, IN 46590. 
Printed by BMH Printing. POST- 
MASTER: Send address changes to 
Brettiren l\Aissionary Heraid, P.O. 
Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

EXTRA COPIES of back issues 
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chandise orders: 1-800-348-2756. 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 

Christian Education: 

Knute Larson 

Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 

Grace Brethren Men: 

Harold Hollinger 

Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Don Cramer 

Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 

Women 's Missionary Council: 

Nora Macon 


4 Victory Over Evil Through Good 

7 Anti-semitism 

8 Starting Out in Hartford City 
10 Dear Mom and Dad 

12 Dedication of the Brethren Biblical Seminary 

15 "In Harm's Way" 

16 Resisting God Then . . . Letting Go 

19 Priority Goals of FMS 

20 Getting the Bible Outside the Church 

21 If I Were a Mother 
26 Watch for the Loner 

30 Meet Your WMC Officers 

32 Reaching Out 

33 Senior Art on Display 
35 Musical Ministries 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 24 • 

reported in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1947 

"This Do in Remembrance of Me," by 
Herman A. Hoyt, was the newly published 
106-page book on the ordinances of the 
church. Green cloth-cover edition— 60(^ post- 
paid. . . . James Dixon and Vernon Harris 
were ordained In a service at South Bend, 

15 YEARS AGO - 1967 

The New Scofield Bible had been re- 
leased and Dr. Alva J. McClain was honored 
as one of the nine-man revision committee. 
. . . Pastor Jim Custer terminated his minis- 
try in Dallas Center, Iowa. George Peek was 
the baccalaureate speaker at Grace Schools. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1977 

New names to serve in Foreign Missions 
' ier, the Coburns, Pappas, 
Warrick, Davis, Robinson, 

Harrell, Skeen, Warrick, Davis, Robinson, 
Immel, Hudson, Schrock, and Gegner. They 
were all on their way. 

Dear Brethren: 

Pastor Don Byers of our Orange, 
Calif., church has worked with Hertz 
Rent-A-Car in obtaining a special ar- 
rangement for those persons who 
would like to rent a car during nation- 
al conference in Palm Springs, Calif., 
July 31-Aug. 6. 

Rates are as follows, with unlimited 

Class B-Compact, $129 per week 
Class C-Midsize, $139 per week 
Class D— Full size, $159 per week 
Regardless of the airport in Cali- 
fornia where you plan to arrive, all 
reservations should be made with 
Hertz Rent-A-Car, 244 N. Indian 
Ave., Palm Springs, Calif. 92262 
(Phone: 714/325-71 75).-CWT 

Cover photo by H. Armstrong Roberts 

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literally means to be victorious. In Greek 
mythology the name of the goddess of victory, 
Nike, comes from this word. We recognize the 
word as the name of one of our country's mis- 
sile systems, and as the name of a manufac- 
turer of jogging shoes. In both cases the name 
is fitting because it means victory. For us the 
term also reminds us that we are engaged in a 
spiritual battle. Whether the world realizes it 
or not, every person is caught up in this war- 
fare and is on one side or the other-God's or 
Satan's. We are born into Satan's army be- 
cause we have a fallen, depraved nature. But 
when a person repents of his sin and receives 
Jesus Christ as his Saviour and Lord, one of 
the changes that takes place in his life is that 
he becomes a part of God's army. 

Interestingly enough, the weaponry which 
these two armies use are entirely different. 
Satan battles by the use of evil, but God uses 
"good." The tactics of the enemy are effec- 
tive and powerful, but God commands us not 
to be overcome by them. We are told not to 
be defeated! But within this command lies 
our source of hope, because God never bids us 
to do anything that He does not also em- 
power us to do. Therefore, we can be certain 
that no situation, regardless of how bad it 
may seem, need ever lead to our being over- 
come by that evil. 

Evil can overcome us when we allow our- 
selves to become discouraged and over- 
whelmed. As a result we retreat off into a 
corner. Satan loves this because, although he 
can never drag us back into his army, he can 
render us ineffective as a part of God's army. 

But there is a second and even worse way 
in which we may be overcome by evil, and 
that is to retaliate in like manner. Paul dealt 
with specific examples in verses 17 and 19 
where he said never to pay back evil for evil 
and never to take our own revenge. Granted, 
the desire to retaliate in this manner may be 
there. After all, as unbelievers we spent years 
building up a sinful pattern of response in 
such situations; and unfortunately some as 
Christians have continued to do the same. Old 
habits are hard to break, but this one must be 
broken. If we do not, then it means we con- 
tribute to the spread of evil, the very thing we 
as Christians are to fight against! This would 
be comparable to aiding and abetting the 
enemy in time of war. Man condemns such 
actions. Could God think any less of spiritual 

What then are we as Christians to do when 
we are mistreated? According to the second 
part of Paul's statement, we are to overcome 
evil with good. Note that God does want us to 
retaliate. It is one thing to not be defeated, 
but it is another to win. And this is what God 
desires. In fact. He commands it. We are to be 
overcomers; we are to be victorious. Retalia- 
tion in and of itself is not wrong. The key is 
how we retaliate. Paul gives us the answer. We 
are never to return with evil for evil; rather we 
are to counter evil with good. What!? To the 
unbeliever, and even to us sometimes, this 
seems like the most unlikely and weakest 
stance we can take. But God has made it clear 
in Scripture that His thoughts are not our 
thoughts and His ways are not our ways. 

God wants us to be aggressive in this war- 
fare, but with the weapons that He chooses 
for us to use. Not only will good overcome 
evil, but it is the only thing that will over- 
come it. We can never outdo Satan by using 
his own tools. But when we instead seek to do 
good, God promises to energize our efforts 
with His power. Then our good deeds become 
invincible! Good will overcome evil as light 
banishes darkness. Have you ever turned on a 
light in a dark room and seen the darkness re- 
sist the light? Of course not! 

What God would have us do is this: when 
someone wrongs us, we should not only re- 
frain from doing evil to him, but should also 
honestly desire his well being. Then we con- 
sider how we can actually help to accomplish 
it. This involves determining what needs a 
person has and how we can help meet them. 
Next comes a plan by which we can do some- 
thing to help. Yes, this is what God would 
have us do to someone who has hurt us, but 
God promises that it will work. 

While this verse is one that is familiar to all 
of us, it dare not be taken lightly, because it 
gets to the essence of reality from God's per- 
spective. We know that several men in Scrip- 
ture—Elijah, Daniel, and the Apostle John in 
the Book of Revelation, for instance— had a 
glimpse of the angelic struggle that is waged 
behind the scenes in the battle between the 
forces of good and evil. It is this same strug- 
gle that we are involved in. The verse sets 
forth God's marching orders for His troops 
and provides the weaponry necessary for vic- 
tory. All we have to do is accept it by faith 
and apply it, and we will see results of which 
we never dreamed possible. ■ 

MAY '82 


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For many young churches, the initial plunge into a building program is one which 
requires great faith. Such a significant step should never be taken lightly. There are 
many factors that must be prayerfully considered before a group can responsibly 
"take the leap." 

The BIF is here to make such a step possible for the young, growing church. By 
offering growth loans exclusively to Grace Brethren Churches at3%-5% below the 
commercial rate, we can literally save a church hundreds of thousands of dollars. 
That makes a big difference. 

The BIF has faith in our Fellowship. 

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by Rev. Doyle Miller 

Director, Brethren Messianic Testimony 
Los Angeles, California 

Reproduction of a notice posted in 
the Los Angeles area. 

exist from the atrocities against Jewisin people 
in any form in any age. Too mucin of modern 
Inistory bears out tine facts. Tine consequences 
of hatred are recorded. In keeping with this 
hatred one can understand how this term was 
coined by a German agitator. 


One could approach anti-semitism the way 
Grandma did: "Sticks and stones may break 
my bones, but words will never harm me." 

No, Grandma, the solution is not that 
simple. Those words, "lies" believed for truth, 
cost the lives of millions of people, Jews and 
Gentiles, in the Holocaust before and during 
World War II. Looking at history since Ger- 
many gives Jewish people grounds for sensi- 
tivity and concern. We see an ever-increasing 
movement of freedom in America and the 
world of anti-Jewish groups expressing hatred 
through that freedom. 

It is a known fact that some Jewish organi- 
zations would fight anti-semitism with physi- 
cal force. One recent flyer at a local temple 
announcing a meeting had a picture of the 
Star of David with an automatic rifle in the 
center of it. 

I am not an advocate of physical violence 
as a solution to any problem of mankind. No 
amount of violence in the world will bring 
back that which was lost. Nor will it pay for 
man's inhumanity to other humans. 



On the surface, one would think anti- 
semitism means being against, or hatred to- 
ward all the descendants of Noah's son, Shem. 
In ancient times, this included Akkadians, 
Amorites, Babylonians, Phoenicians and Ca- 
naanites, the people who spoke the Semitic 
language and were of the Mediterranean race. 
It was these Semitic people who gave to the 
world the idea of one God and the beginnings 
of the religions of Judaism, Christianity and 
Islam. But, anti-semitism does not mean this. 

The term anti-semitism is a relatively new 
one. In 1879, a German agitator used the 
term to designate anti-Jewish campaigns in 
Europe. It soon came to denote all forms of 
hostility toward the Jewish people through- 
out history. 

Not every negative statement toward 
Jewish people must be labeled anti-semitism. 
But, I do not want to give the impression that 
I would diminish the strong feelings which 


Be sensitive on this issue. Many of the Jew- 
ish people feel the world .looked on and did 
very little during this reign of terror against 
them. It is only natural for them to fear the 
same world response in this generation. Every 
God-fearing person in the world must do 
everything in their power to stamp out hatred 
of fellow man. God never gave man the op- 
tion nor the command to hate. "Vengeance is 
mine, saith the Lord" (Rom. 12:19, and Deut. 
32:35, Psa. 94:1, 99:8). We must not usurp 
God's authority in judgment. 

Believers in the Jewish Messiah, Jesus, are 
to promote love toward all men. Jesus taught 
love in every human relationship lesson. In- 
deed, righteous actions are demanded by God 
throughout the Old Testament (Lev. 19:18). 

As a believer, do not harbor even a little 
sentiment in your heart. Bits and pieces of 
songs and jokes can add up to eruptions of 
dislikes and come across as a subtle seed of 

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iMAY '82 

Rev. Robert Ashman 

Starting Out 

Eighteen people attended the first worship service on Sunday, 
August 24, 1980. 

in Hartford City 

Pastor Gary Gnagey 


Listening intently to a presentation 

by a ministry group from 

Winona Lake (Ind.) GBC 

by Rev. Robert Ashman 

Pioneer Pastor at Hartford City, IN 

It's April 1980. The Phil Jones 
family, having moved from Winona 
Lake to Hartford City, Indiana, are 
seeking a church with fundamental 
Bible teaching. They have visited 
several, but none seem to give the 
Bible teaching they desire. With 
two other families, who are also 
seeking the same kind of fellow- 
ship, a midweek home Bible class is 
started and Rev. Bill Smith begins 
traveling to Hartford City to lead it. 

So began the Grace Brethren 
Church of Hartford City. 

In July of that year. Rev. Robert 
Ashman was secured by the Indiana 
District Mission Board to teach the 
class and proceed with plans for the 
organization of a Grace Brethren 
testimony in the Blackford County 
seat. A room at the Senior Citizen 
Center was secured and on Sunday, 
August 24, 1980, the first worship 
service was held. Eighteen people 
attended that first Sunday morning. 

Since most people in the area 
were not acquainted with the Grace 
Brethren Fellowship, the church 
members distributed literature 
during the first months. Every 
home in the community of six to 
seven thousand people was con- 

Pastor Ashman continued to 
commute the 150-mile round trip 
twice a week, for services on Sun- 
day and Wednesday, from his home 
in Winona Lake. Through the gener- 
ous support of the Indiana District 


MAY '82: 

Mission Board and the faithfulness 
of the people, God has blessed rich- 
ly. The goal of a full-time pastor 
was realized in February 1982. 

Rev. Gary Gnagey was installed 
February 7 during a special service 
conducted by Pastor Ashman. The 
former pastor addressed the 42 
people present, answering two ques- 
tions: What do we as a Grace Breth- 
ren church have a right to expect of 
our pastor? and what does our 
pastor have a right to expect of this 

Pastor Gnagey, a Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary graduate, has 
served with Rev. Ralph Burns, as as- 
sociate pastor at the Grace Brethren 
Church in Leesburg, Indiana. (Ralph 
Burns is now pastor of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Anderson, 
South Carolina, also a Home Mis- 
sions church.) 

But let's go back for a moment! 
During the first months of growth, 
the church had a number of firsts. 

— The first communion service 
was held October 5, 1980. Twenty 
believers gathered for their first 
triune communion celebration. It 
was a blessed service, with a num- 
ber observing the Grace Brethren 
communion for the first time. 

— The first baptismal service on 
September 4, 1980, took place at a 
lake a short distance from town. It 
was an inspiring sight to see three 
complete families (13 in all) obey 
the Lord in trine innmersion testi- 

— The first Easter sunrise service 
was planned and presented by the 
youth group. The special music. 
Scripture, prayer and message were 
all given by the young people to the 
delight and inspiration of the 38 
people in attendance. 

— The first Vacation Bible 
School, held in July 1981, was 
directed by the area Child Evange- 
lism Fellowship director and staff. 
For a week, 30 children gathered 
every morning on the lawn of a 
church family. The weather was 
ideal and a number of decisions for 
Christ were made. 

— The First Anniversary Sunday 
was August 23, 1981, with 39 in at- 
tendance. A fellowship carry-in din- 

VBS was held on the lawn of one of the church members. 

ner was held at noon. Many expres- 
sions of praise for the blessings of 
the Lord during the past year were 
voiced during testimony time. 

The past months have been a 
time of proving to the Hartford 
City community that the GBC is 
not just a here today-gone tomor- 
row organization. It has been a time 
of preaching the Word and ground- 
ing the people in that Word and the 
scriptural beliefs and practices of 
the Grace Brethren Fellowship. 
Articles of incorporation have been 
formulated, submitted to the State 
and accepted, and a constitution 
and bylaws have been adopted. The 
congregation has been accepted 
into the Indiana District of Grace 
Brethren Churches and in the na- 
tional Fellowship of Grace Brethren 

The nucleus of 18 baptized 
members at Hartford City are 
young couples with families. They 
love the Lord and are committed to 
His Word and ministry. With a vital 
interest in others, they are dedi- 
cated to witnessing to the com- 
munity. They generously support 
the local church and the outreaches 
of the FGBC. 

With a vision for souls and the 
leadership of Gary, the congrega- 
tion wants to find a more satis- 
factory place to meet, embark on a 
concentrated community visitation 
program, and secure property and 
construct a building with a Home 
Missions goal of becoming self- 
supporting in five years. Pray for 
this young church and its pastor as 
they endeavor to meet these goals.! 

(Continued from page 7} 

hatred. In the light of God's love (John 3:16), we are 
not to hate any race, creed, or color, especially those of 
the Chosen Race. God said the Jewish people are the 
apple of His eye (Deut. 7:6). 

I have met believers who claim to accept the Jewish 
Jesus and yet they show hatred toward His race. God 
chose to send Messiah through the Jewish race. He does 
not make wrong choices. 

Some believers need to make application of the les- 
sons taught by the Greatest Jew (Jesus) that ever lived. 
You, believer, are commanded to love and to teach 
others to love (John 13:34-35). The degrees of love?— 
"as I [Jesus] have loved you." He died for us. Remem- 
ber, people are reading your love. Are they getting a 
clear readout? 

MAY '82 


The BHMC Board of Directors— front, from left, Vernon Schrock, Harry Shipley, Rev. Richard DeArmey, Rev. 
Luke Kauffman, Robert Lapp and Joe Taylor; back, from left. Rev. James Custer, Ora Skiles, Rev. Paul Dick, 
Rev. William Tweeddale, Homer Waller and Williard Smith. Not pictured Is Rev. C. Lee Jenkins. 

Friday, March 5 

Dear Mom and Dad 

My first session of meeting with 
the Brethren Home Missions 
Council board of directors is over. 
It has been a busy week with many 
key decisions, that were not always 
easy. It has been exciting to see the 
wheels of such an organization 

Our first session opened at 8 
a.m., Tuesday, March 2, and 
finished last night (Thursday) 
around 10. Sessions were held 
morning, afternoon, and evening. 
As a staff member, I was required 
to attend. 

We opened the folding wall in 
Bill Smith 's office to expand the 
space is Dr. Pifer's office. The 
men gathered around the tables we 
had set up. It was almost a family 
atmosphere, full of love and 
concern. Oranges and almonds 

from California, and jelly beans (in 
the presidential tradition) often 
made their rounds of the tables. 
Put that with the doughnuts and 
Pennsylvania shoofly pie we 
consumed on breaks, and the 
dinner meetings, I'm sure I've 
gained weight this week. So much 
for my diet! 

One new home missions point, 
Jersey Shore, Pa., was adopted by 
the board during the session, and 
more will be added as the year 
progresses. The board also learned 
of other Bible classes and new 
churches that are developing, such 
as in Orrville, Ohio; Stockton, 
Calif.; Gettysburg, Pa.; Frederick, 
Md.; Ontario, Ohio; Blain, Pa.; 
Kansas City, Mo.; Saratoga, N. Y.; 
and Dayton, Ohio. While these 
may not all become Home Missions 

points, it shows that God is 
working across the country. Pray 
for these classes, that people will 
come to know the Lord and the 
groups will develop into strong 

The Navajo Mission at Counselor, 
N.M., was the subject of much 
discussion through the sessions. 
Some major re-evaluation of the 
ministries, including the elementary 
school, the new high school, and 
church planting is being done. 
Ralph Hall, of Brethren Building 
Ministries, will be going there to 
draw up a master plan of the 

For a short time, the Navajo 
Mission came to us! Tuesday 
evening, the students from ihe high 
school presented a brief program to 
the board (and staff) and treated us 


MAY '82: 

Williard Smith of Minerva, Ohio, chats with Navajo students 
after a presentation for the board and staff. 

to Flagpole ice cream. Thursday 
evening, some of us went to the 
Grace College gym, to see the 
Navajo basketball team compete 
with Heritage Christian High School 
of Indianapolis in a high school 
basketball tournament. 

Many encouraging reports were 
heard from Dr. Pifer, as executive 
secretary; and the field secretaries- 
Bill Smith (eastern). Bob Thompson 
(western) and Bill Byers (southern). 
The Grace Brethren Church is 
growing and that is exciting to see! 

The board approved several 
property purchases and loan agree- 
ments, as well. The Gold Rush 
Community GBC in Auburn, Calif., 
will now be able to purchase a six- 
acre tract of land for $67,500. 

Loans were also approved for 
the Fairlawn Grace Brethren 
Church of Radford, Va., so they 
can rebuild following a fire there 
last year; and to the Albuquerque, 
N.M., church so they can move a 
building onto their property across 
the street from their present facility. 

Lives will be affected by the out- 
come of this week. Just think, 
last year more than 566 people 
found Jesus Christ as Saviour 
because of the ministries of the 
BHMC! We anticipate more this 
year! Please pray that God's will 
will be evident in all the decisions 
of the board for the future growth 
and effectiveness of Home Missions. 

Often the decisions reached were 
difficult and will most likely have 
varied reactions throughout the 
Fellowship. But these men stand 
firm on their convictions. They 
believe they have the God-given 
responsibility to plant good, quality, 
Grace Brethren churches across the 

It has been encouraging to see 
the heart these men have for Home 
Missions. They don't just sit here 
in an ivory palace in Winona Lake 
and make decisions. They get 
involved in the work and look at 
every side of a situation. These 
men of God always looked to the 
Master for the best path to take. 

Thanks, Mom and Dad, for your 
prayers during this past week. I 
know you weren 't the only ones 
across the country that were 
remembering us. We really appre- 
ciate it. 

Your daughter. 

Liz J 

Board president. Rev. Richard DeArmey (center), leads discussion. Considering the options presented are Dr. Lester 
E. Pifer, executive secretary, on the left, and continuing clockwise beyond DeArmey are Dr. Robert Thompson, 
western field secretary; Rev. Luke Kauffman, Myerstown, Pa.; and Harry Shipley, Dayton, Ohio. 

MAY '82 


Dedication of the 
Brethren Biblical 

by Dean Don Hocking 

October 4, 1981 , at Bata via Bozoum, R.C.A. 

Dear Friends of the Brethren 
Biblical Seminary: 

I would like to greet you in the nanne of 
our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. My in- 
augural speech this morning will include two 
points; first, thanks to those who have helped 
make this day possible, and, secondly, an 
elucidation of the goal of this seminary. 

First and foremost, I want to thank our 
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who has made 
this day of dedication possible. It is He who 
died on the cross of Calvary so that we might 
have salvation and life eternal. How we ought 
to thank the Lord Jesus Christ for all that He 
has done for us, for all that He is doing, and 
for all that He will do for us in the future. 

I would like to thank the Department of 
National Education for its authorization and 
encouragement in this project. (The present 
secretary of this department was in attend- 
ance). The authorization was received barely 
fifteen months ago and now we have almost 
completed the first stage. It was the Depart- 
ment of National Education that suggested 
that we build the seminary here at this fine 
place— Bata via Bozoum. We, the Christians of 
Grace Brethren Churches and of the Grace 
Brethren mission, also want to thank the 
Central African government and the officials 
of Ouham-Pende (the state in which the 
school is located) for their help and encour- 
agement in the establishing of this seminary in 
the heart of Africa. May this seminary bring 
blessings not only to this State (Prefecture) 
but also to all of the C.A.R. and even all of 
French-speaking Africa. This is only a begin- 
ning that you see today. May the Lord en- 
large this ministry for His glory in spite of all 
the economic and spiritual difficulties that are 
rampant in our world. 


MAY ■82; 

The Minister of National Education cuts the ribbon, officially opening the new seminary. 

I express my gratitude to the General Di- 
rector of the Bible Schools of Grace Brethren 
Churches in Africa, Mr. Pierre Yougouda, who 
contributed so much to this dedication. Only 
God knows how much. It is impossible to list 
all that he has done since the first meetings of 
the strategy committee and of the Board of 
Directors to the details of the construction 
and the opening of the school. 

We have with us today the President of the 
Board of Directors, Pastor Paul Moehama, and 
the Secretary, Pastor Maurice Molekpo, who 
represent the Board at our dedication service. 
They have accomplished an enormous task 
since January 1980 when the desire to have a 
Brethren Seminary was expressed at the Gen- 
eral Conference at Bozoum. 

With regard to construction, God sent us 
from the U.S.A. two builders: Mr. Vernie 
Abbitt (from Phoenix, Arizona) and Mr. 
Richard Van Heukeleum (Grace Seminary stu- 
dent) who have finished the central building 
of the seminary, the renovation of five stu- 
dent houses for the School of Theology, and 
two duplexes for four families of the semi- 
nary. Mr. Van Heukeleum interrupted his 
theological studies and Mr. Abbitt put aside 
his usual construction work to come to help 

I would also like to thank all the crew of 

workmen and especially the supervisor of the 
work. Professor Pierre Ngakoutou. God has 
given him several talents and one of these is to 
see that things go smoothly in all types of 
construction. Thank you for your careful 
oversight of the project. 

I would also like to thank all the mission- 
aries of the Bible Center station for all they 
have done, and in particular, Professor Martin 
Garber. He began the construction and fin- 
ished the foundation before the two builders 
arrived. He was the construction treasurer, a 
big job. He struggled to get materials from 
Bangui. He brought to realization the project 
of farming by tractor to help the students 
raise their standard of living. Thank you, 
Martin Garber, for all you have done. But all 
this required someone in Bangui to buy the 
materials and this very important person is 
the Field Superintendent of the Grace Breth- 
ren Mission, Pastor Don Miller. Thank you for 
your valuable help. 

Continuing on, I cannot fail to mention the 
African Brethren Churches who have con- 
tributed to this project, thus showing their 
great interest. The WMC women (OTN) of the 
C.A.R. and the Cameroon gave about $1,000 
for the furnishings of the school. All the 
Christians from the Bible Center— men, 
women and children— helped with the filling 

MAY '82 


Some of the people gathered for Dedication Day. 

and pounding of the foundation, and, in addi- 
tion, the pastors sent gifts on the part of the 

Finally, we want to thank the Christians of 
Grace Brethren Churches in the U.S.A., 
France and Germany for their gifts without 
which this could not have been completed so 
quickly. And we want to thank everyone pre- 
viously mentioned plus all the others who 
have prayed for this project. Yes, the first 
stage is almost completed. We ask you now to 
pray and give that the second stage might be 
completed by September 1983. 

The main goal of this school is to glorify 
God in all things. "Whether, therefore, ye eat, 
or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the 
glory of God" (1 Cor. 10:31). The Brethren 
Biblical Seminary is being founded in order to 
train God's servants in the French language so 
that they can pastor fundamental and conser- 
vative evangelical churches in French-speaking 
Africa. The institution seeks to teach the 
truths of the Word of God and good m^ethods 
for clearly communicating these truths to the 
present generation. 

The seminary believes that unless the 
truths being learned are actually applied in 
the life of a student through regular channels 
of Christian service and evangelical outreach, 
the result will be only a dead orthodoxy. For 
this reason, the seminary requires that each 
student be involved in regular Christian 
service activities. Daily chapels are designed to 
create an atmosphere of dedication and devo- 

tion in order that studies may not be reduced 
to mere academic exercises. In the chapel ser- 
vices, the challenges of a lost world and its 
contemporary needs will be presented regular- 
ly. The seminary seeks to present to the stu- 
dents a missionary vision and the necessity of 
fulfilling the Great Commission of Matthew 
28:19-20. We want the Brethren Biblical 
Seminary to have a part in the training of 
African missionaries. 

On the practical side, we find in the Bible 
that the Apostle Paul was a tent-maker; in 
other words, he was also engaged in manual 
labor. That is why we encourage the students 
at the Bible Center to do the same. The cot- 
ton fields and food gardens plus the hand- 
craft work attest to the students' participa- 
tion. The seminary seeks to train men in all 
realms: spiritual, social, civic and physical. 

We have three schools here at the Bible 
Center; the Bible Institute, the Biblical 
School of Theology and the Brethren Biblical 
Seminary. Right now, there are over 250 
people in the student village. The students 
this year come from the C.A.R. and the Chad. 
They represent more than 12 districts (Sous- 
prefectures) of the C.A.R. and all are united 
to achieve the goal just described. 

On this dedication day, we reconsecrate 
our lives to Christ. May the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ continue to bear fruit so that the 
fundamental churches of the C.A.R. and 
French-speaking Africa will grow and prosper 
for His glory! ■ 


MAY '82 i 


a Womstd wiih TltiMjioni 


by John W. Zielasko 

"I will have no connection with 
any ship that does not sail fast, for 
I intend to go in harnn's way." 

With these words, John Paul 
Jones, while awaiting assignment in 
France, turned down a slow ship of- 
fered to him by the American colo- 
nies. Shortly after, he did accept 
command of an old, rotting. East 
Indian merchantship, rechristened 
'The Bon Homme Richard," and, 
as all patriotic American school- 
boys should know, he did sail, for 
the glory of the American revolu- 

tion, in harm's way. 

In the ministry of Jesus Christ 
there must be those who are not 
only willing but determined to set 
their course and sail in harm's way. 

Our Lord Himself is an example. 
Knowing full well that such a 
course would bring Him into con- 
flict with religious and political 
authorities of the day. He set His 
face toward the cross. "Who for the 
joy that was set before Him, en- 
dured the cross, despising the 
shame. . ." (Heb. 12:2). 

The Apostle Paul, on countless 
occasions, found himself in circum- 

stances that could have been 
avoided if only he had not chosen 
to set his course deliberately in 
harm's way. When the believers in 
Caesarea tried to persuade Paul to 
stay away from Jerusalem, he re- 
sponded, "What are you doing, 
weeping ... for I am ready not 
only to be bound, but even to die 
at Jerusalem for the name of the 
Lord Jesus" (Acts 21 :13 NASB). 

The Book of Hebrews speaks of 
those who experienced mocking, 
scourgings, chains, imprisonment, 
and stoning— all because they 
placed themselves in harm's way for 









I MAY '82 


Some of the French young people pull to win at the retreat. 

Then . . . 

by Becky Good 

I got out my bike the other 
day for the first time since we 
returned from our "Corsician 
adventure" with the youth 
group nearly six months ago. 
As I brushed the cobwebs off 
the wheels and began stretch- 
ing my hibernating muscles, I 
couldn't help but think about 
the many wonderful ways that 
God has answered our prayers 

since that two week camp last 

Perhaps some of you will re- 
member the camp journal I 
shared in the December A/era/c/. 
After two weeks of biking, 
living and sharing together 
around the island of Corsica, 
we saw only two of the 16 
non-Christian campers choose 
to make Jesus Christ Lord of 
their lives. 

At first we were let down. 

but upon reflection we de- 
cided that God wasn't finished 
yet. How true that was! Now 
I'd like to thank those of you 
who prayed with us by giving 
you an idea of how God has 
been working. 

Jean-Christophe was the 
first one. One day in Septem- 
ber he very quietly and hap- 
pily announced to us that he 
had decided to follow Jesus. 
We believe that the testimony 
of Laurent Gautheron, who 
was saved during the bike 
camp, played a very important 
part in Jean-Christophe's de- 

But it was during our first 
regional youth activity of the 
school year that God really be- 

gan answering your prayers. 
Whereas Americans celebrate 
Halloween, Frenchmen cele- 
brate the day after. All Saints 
Day, when the family gathers 
to decorate the graves of de- 
ceased loved ones. Students 
usually have a long weekend 
(and sometimes up to a week) 
for vacation at this time, so we 
generally plan a fall youth re- 

This year, a music/audio- 
visual camp was planned. 
Kent, my husband, taught 
photography and Sam Hart, 
from Youth for Christ, gave 
music instruction. And, of 
course, each morning and eve- 


MAY '82: 

ning time was spent in tlie 

Once again, in spite of 
much prayer and many occa- 
sions to share personally with 
the young people, there didn't 
seem to be much going on 
spiritually. We always seemed 
to be running into a brick wall. 

Bruno and Daniel were 
probably two of the strongest 
personalities in the group— we 
couldn't have asked for any 
nicer guys— but even after 
having faithfully attended all 
our youth activities for a full 
year, they still claimed to be 
atheists. They were the only 
two who persistently declared 
themselves to be non-believers 
whenever a group discussion 

or one-on-one conversation be- 
gan. We counselors took it 
pretty hard, too, because 
Bruno and Daniel were prob- 
ably among our favorites. 

The last night of the youth 
camp, it was decided that we'd 
all travel south to the big city 
of Lyon to attend a Christian 
musical sponsored by the Sal- 
vation Army. The counselors 
were a bit apprehensive, not 
knowing what to expect. To 
our knowledge, this was the 
first time French Christians 
had endeavored to use the 
medium of music/drama to 
evangelize, and we were rather 
curious to see the results. 

Ours was probably the lar- 
gest group in the audience in 

Lyon's classy, old Moliere 
opera house. The kids wanted 
to sit in the center balcony, 
and the 35 of us nearly filled 
it. Nicole Steudler, our co- 
worker, stayed on the main 
floor with Bruno who had 
twisted his ankle at the camp 
and wasn't able to tackle the 
dark, narrow stairs on crutches. 
The presentation was surpris- 
ingly well done, though I 
silently wondered whetner or 
not the kids would find it 

The musical, called "Glory," 
was the history of a revival 
during the nineteenth century. 
Much preaching was integrated 
into the play. Several altar 
calls were given as part of the 

Relaxing is also part of a retreat! 

1 MAY '82 


musical, but, at the end, a real 
altar call was given to the audi- 

The. choir sang as the 
preacher gave the invitation, 
and we counselors prayed all 
the harder as we heard our 
teens snickering and whisper- 
ing all around us. A couple 
people below us trickled down 
the aisle, but our group didn't 
seem to be fazed in the. least 
until . . . 

. . . until they saw Bruno. 
Yes, it was Bruno hobbling 
down the aisle. Even a twisted 
ankle couldn't keep him back. 
As he knelt at the "bench of 
repentance," the silence in the 
balcony was almost deafening. 
The kids just couldn't believe 
their eyes! At last, Bruno had 
let go and let God take control 
of his life. 

Within minutes, three more 
of our kids were kneeling be- 

side him, two others were 
being counseled in their seats, 
and the rest of us were with 
them, hugging and crying and 
praising God for the long- 
awaited answer to our prayers! 
Since that night, another 
Corsica camper has committed 
his life to Christ, Praise the 
Lord! We continue to be per- 
suaded that God isn't finished 
even yet! ■ 

Kent and Becky Good have been ministering 
in France for two years, after tailing a year of 
language study. They are currently involved in 
church development in our church in the city 
of Chalon. Both Kent and Becky work with the 
youth group, a mixture of saved and unsaved 
teenagers with whom God is dealing, and many 
are coming to know Him. Becky teaches Good 
News Clubs and helps with a ladies' Bible study. 
Kent disciples men and is involved in the leader- 
ship of the church. 

(Continued from page 15) 

their testimony. By the single act 
of declaring themselves Christians, 
thousands upon thousands of 
people down through the centuries 
have been despised, cut off from 
society and martyred. 

One historian observes that the 
history of the dark continent of 
Africa is written on the tomb- 
stones of missionaries who gave 
their lives in the advance of Chris- 

On one occasion, a party of 
fourteen missionaries, including a 
medical doctor, all died within 
three months of their arrival in 
Africa. The Bible school that had 
prepared these missionaries feared 
that the news would do serious 
harm to the cause of missions. But 
when the announcement of this 
tragedy was made In chapel to the 
student body, the whole senior 
class went to the altar to volunteer 
for service in their place. 

James Gribble placed himself in 

harm's way to open Oubangui-Chari 
for Christ. After only a few short 
years of ministry he died. 

Harm's way may not be the 
same today as it was in the past, 
but the uncertainties of a mission- 
ary career are still precarious. 

Harm's way means the way of 
personal sacrifice. 

Harm's way means giving up the 
comfort of an affluent American 
way of life. 

Harm's way means following 
Christ into the segments of the 
world's society that have not been 
reached with the Gospel. 

Harm's way means living with 
Moslems or Buddists or Hindus or 
any one of more than 16,000 un- 
reached peoples and sharing the 
Gospel with them. 

Harm's way means that in some 
cases your life will be in danger. 

Does the Lord expect this type 
of commitment? Well, He said, 
"Whoever loses his life for my sake 

shall find it" (Matt. 16:25). 

Unfortunately, today's decisions 
by Christians are not made on the 
basis of sailing into harm's way. 
They are made so that people can 
be assured of sailing into comfort, 
sailing on to success or wealth or 
prestige or the fulfilling of personal 
goals, or even sailing into a "good 
family relationship." Certainly 
these goals are worthy, but they 
cannot be priority goals for those 
who hear the calling of the Lord to 
sail for Him in harm's way. 

Over 2 billion of this world's 
population are still in spiritual cap- 
tivity. They know nothing of the 
redemptive work of Jesus Christ 
and have no hope of ever hearing of 
God's love in Christ unless there Is a 
sudden surge of missionary activity 
among them. 

Such a venture will not succeed 
without scores of courageous mis- 
sionary candidates willing to place 
themselves in harm's way. ■ 


MAY '82: 



The Foreign Missionary Society 

of the Grace Brethren Church 

1. A doubling of missionary personnel — 
220 missionaries by 1990! 

2. 150 new churches overseas. 

3. A $3 million Foreign Missions offering by 1984. 

4. An adequate pastor-training program in cooperation 
with the National Church on all fields. 

5. An impact for missions in all Grace Brethren Churches 
in order to reach the previous goals. 

a. Missions Committee functioning in each church. 

b. Mission teaching on all levels. 

c. Missions conferences and seminars. 

d. A doubling of Corporation members — 18,000 by 

iMAY '82 


Thank you so very much for prayer and financial 
support for us. 

Pastor Knute Larson, executive director . . . 

hoping to h« 

Ed Lewis teaching our CE class 
presented in Grace Seminary. 

Rev. Ed Lewis, director of youth ministries 

I am the Living Church 

y People love us. 

v' There is a program for all the family. 

v/ The preaching and teaching are clear, warm 
and personal. 

So people answer when asked why they go to 
church. And usually the answers, from people who 
stay at a church, are in that order. 

Meaning it doesn't all depend on the reverend up 
front. It also calls for a lot of caring and serving by 
the reverends in the pews and everywhere else. 

A growing church is first a "Lorded" church, of 
course. It takes the commands of God seriously. It 
honors the Saviour by obeying His Word. 

•/ But it is also a people church. New- and old- 
timers feel loved. There is mixing, giving, and 

y The programs of Christian education and 
growth are not just to have programs of course, but 
they are planned and set for long-range maturity as 
well as immediate fellowship and joy. 

• Preaching and teaching are warm and authori- 
tarian and clear in the Bible, but the translation 
sometimes gets lost because of the medium, the 
speaker. Attenders at one of America's most effec- 

tive churches with a most popular pulpit were 
asked what they liked about what the sermons do. 
The answers: 

• We go away with hope. 

• He is real, warm and one of us! 

CE CONVENTION, August 1 & 2-two 
of the options for all-day learning. 

1. The Caring System— by Pastor Ed 
Cashman and people of Bellflower 
Brethren Church, where our best 
pastoral care program is in effect. 

2. Scripture Press Seminar for teachers 
of all ages— their newest challenge pro- 
gram to equip. 

At CE we are seeking to help churches and indi- 
viduals in all three areas— • love manners, • growth 
program, /and teaching. 

Thank you for helping us help with prayers and 
finances, and for doing all you can at your home 
base to effect good things! 






Too often we demand that unbelieving 
people come to the church building if they 
want to hear the Bible taught. Why don't we 
take the Scripture outside our walls to their en- 
vironment and seek to expose them to God's 

I have found that people do not want to join 
me as my guest at church primarily for one or 
two reasons. First, they have had a previous 
church experience that has been of little or no 
value to them and they have "turned the 
church off." Or, secondly, they are already at- 
tending a church (even though it is not a Bible- 
teaching church) and cannot break away. So 
we then shrug our shoulders and say, "We 
tried." But did we? 

If they could hear the Bible taught in a 
direct and positive manner in a non-threatening 

setting, it could yield great fruit. This is t 
place for the evangelistic Bible study— one th 
meets in the restaurant, the home, the offic 
the club. 

Over the past several years, I have taught t 
Bible oustide the church in a variety of sitL 
tions. The main purpose is to provide believt 
with a place to bring their unsaved friend 
neighbors, co-workers, and relatives to hear t 
Word of God. Usually the studies last for a ye 
or possibly two until most contacts have be 
followed up. At this point most of the evang 
istic opportunities have ended and it is a Bit 
study "for Christians only." Then I move alo 
and start something else. 

In teaching a noon Bible study in a resta 
rant, I normally select an attractive yet ine 
pensive place that has a private room availab 
We eat from noon until 12:30 p.m. and th 

in Christian ed, youth, and church growth 

GBC Christian Education 

Box 365, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Tel. 219/267-6622 


fin Muggins, assistant director . . . Miss Judy Ashman, director of SMM . . . Pastor John Willett, chairman of the board. 

Why IVIy Church Grows 

by Pastor Bailey Smith, President 

Southern Baptist Convention; and Sheptierd 

of a Large Growing Ctiurcti 

1-THE PEOPLE HEAR THE WORD! The people come to 
church believing they will hear God speak. They know the Bible to 
be God's Word and they love to hear it proclaimed; and if they 
know it is the Word, they will follow and be obedient. 

2-THE PEOPLE TELL OTHERS! Every member of the church 
invites people to attend their church. Every member knows the 
people cannot walk the aisles unless they are in the services. 

the most helpful, cooperative people on the face of the earth. The 
obstreperous person just does not exist in this fellowship. There 
exists a great fellowship. "Our church would never think about vot- 
ing against anything the pastor feels we ought to do." 

4-THE PEOPLE WARMLY LOVE! The people never believe 
anything bad about one another. They assume all rumors are just 
that— just rumors. The people realize a warm, sweet spirit is needed 
for people to come to know Jesus as Saviour. Love begats evangel- 
ism and evangelism begats love. ■ 


h systematically through a book of the 
e from 12:30 p.m. until 1 :00 p.m. 
he book of the Bible selected is taught 
9-by-verse— we avoid controversial passages. 
se portions of the Bible can best be handled 
rivate or in the local church setting. Discus- 
is always encouraged, yet control is neces- 
in the case of interrupters or "bearers of 
hge doctrines." 

I'hese studies have provided many contacts 
people hearing the Bible taught for the 
time in their lives. Some have received 
St and joined the church. One luncheon led 
jginning a new Grace Brethren church. 
am convinced that we need to get the Bible 
ide the church into neighborhoods, schools, 
es, and restaurants to provide evangelistic 
)rtunities. This will help our churches grow. 
me? ■ 

A CE church growth 
feature by John 
Willett, assoc/afe 
pastor of GBC, 
Worthingtor}, Ohio; 
and chairman of our 
GBC Christian Edu- 
cation board. 

%0 7i^enca,'}HoaUn,... 

by Pastor Knute Larson 

(a fattier, and growing) 

I would accept my adventure as mother as the high- 
est call God could make to me . . . and I would seek 
to live It with honor and joy. . . . 

I would stick out my tongue to Cosmopolitan and 
other national slicks as they try to make me think my 

position is subsidiary, or secondhand. Stand back, 
world, I would be a mother. 

I would want to take care of myself as a mother first 
of all, so I could take care of the others who would 
be leaning on me . . . 

As soon as possible, I would get me some free time 
everyday . . . and here is how I would use it— 
n Time everyday to just browse through the Bible, 
hear what God says . . . 

n Some exercise . . . Mothers have to guard tummies, 
but especially the mental depression that can come 
with mother counsel and cooking mechanics and 
repeated cleanup—and I know what the discipline 
of exercise can be . . . 

D A daily food treat— not much, mind you, but a 
special 35(i treat at a given time each day . . . 

If I were a mother, these I would do for me. Thank 

First I would be careful how I choose their father! 

If I were a mother I would decide what I was going to 
do about this father of theirs— and then do it— with 
great gusto . . . and here is where I would put that 
man— in a position of honor and love . . . 

And if my baby didn't know anything else, he or she 
would know how to love and honor and enjoy a man. 

I would see it as the most important thing I could do 
for my family— this love for the father with whom I 
became a mother! 

/ would never speak to my children in a negative way 
about their father. If I had a complaint— or should I 
say a suggestion about how my male mate could care 
better— I would share it privately for sure . . . 

For I know how significant Is their view of their 
father— and fatherhood of God too. 

I would describe my love for their father in specifics— 
so they would know exactly what kind of standards 
are best of all, and why we chose each other ... I 

(Continued on page 22) 

(Continued from page 2 1) 

would hug that husband often-in front of this love- 
child too, and that would be my best shot at sex edu- 
cation for this child in the early years. 

I would go big on special times with my children. At 

smallest ages, I would take a lot of their day with 
them— or rather them take a lot from me. 

But I would make sure I give them a special "this is 
just for you, babe" time— every day. Phone off the 
hook, nothing cooking . . . just looking and listening 
and playing and responding . . . 

And as the child gets older, he would know this 
special time as an appointment-l would urge my hus- 
band to have an appointment once a week for sure 
with each child over two years. 

I would read three authors on children to keep get- 
ting better and better; James Dobson, a number of 
pastors and God. There's just so much that helps . . . 

I would do a hug-a-hug-a show— affirming my child 
with word, touch, physical contact, and firm clear 
Biblical discipline. 

When we talk more than a sentence or two, I would 
look on their eye level. 

I would never talk about the gender of this child 
around him/her— but accept with joy and challenge. 

A/of allow my moods to capture my day or run my 
life. My time with and grace from the Lord would 
keep me feminine and kind. (You would help, 
wouldn't You, Lord.) 

I would talk often with my child about God— being 
sure that talk was natural and personal. 

/ would hope and help my husband to be spiritual 
leader of our home . . . by asking questions— and tell- 
ing our children why Dad does what he does related 
to the spirit . . . 

I would take time with just God and me— sometime 
each day when I could refuel my spiritual tank for 
the giving out which goes on all day . . . 

I would find me a ministry at church so I am feeling 
satisfied in my need to minister to others, and not all 
at my home. 

I would then rest in His sovereignty as I grew, and 
be sure worry was not my characteristic. 

I would want my family to know He was most im- 
portant, and that I was living Him and in a close tie 
with His Son, my Saviour. 

Sooooooooo ... I would share my arms and words 
freely with my family, affirming and building ... I 
would stay woman, by the way I dress and talk and 
honor my husband with love . . . (would help make 
the children learn to listen every time after we 
threw out all the bad rules we weren't really going to 
enforce . . . I would obey my own rules . . . I would 
do a lot of "Remember when . ..." I would want to 
enjoy and serve and trust so that my girls would have 
the attitude, "I can't wait to be a woman," while 

having such a good time being a girl that they would 
take their time! 

/ would forget sarcasm forever . . . build the chil- 
dren and their father with words and smiles . . . 
make assurance a big mood in our home . . . not cry 
over spilled milk or other mistakes . . . 

I would also . . . 

1. Buy me some candles and get them on almost 
every night for supper. 

2. I would cut flowers whenever I could . . . 

3. I would still get Total Woman out now and then 

4. / would keep a scrapbook of accomplishments, 
knowing how much this would mean for this 
child later-the child could enter things when 

5. I would be careful about my 3 or 4 bad chemical 
days every month, and not allow that to be a 
barrier to love and joy in the family. 

6. I would save a ministry for the family, but also 
one where I could have a special ministry for just 
me . . . 

7. / would find out if 20-minute naps work for me. 

8. / would make their father so happy he couldn't 
do anything but love me. 

9. Special day— once a week, for someone . . . 

10. Eat in different rooms sometimes just for fun. 

1 1 . Listen to good radio (Christian, where possible) 
so I'm in a spiritual or classic mood rather than 
the cheating mood imposed by some radio 

12. Nurse my children but make my husband take 
turns, too. 

13. Read 1 Corinthians 13 once a week to recharge 
my love batteries. 

14. Write a love note to my husband once a month. 

15. Take a hot/warm bath or shower once a day— 
probably 2.00 a.m.! 

16. Buy wash-and-wear shirts for my lover. 

17. Jog or ride a bike, cross-country ski or find a 
cross-stitch I liked to do once in a while. 

1 8. Sing and hum. 

1 9. Use a lot of colors on the dinner table. 

20. Write flowery fun posters for awards with those 
weekly special days. 

21. I would tithe and teach the kids to also. 

22. Play games where we help each other, on one 

23. Limit daytime TV to one show a day, boycott all 
soaps, and realize quiz shows are great lust- 

24. Pray Colossians 1:9-14 over my children each 

25. Arrange friend-exchanges with children good for 
mine . . . 

26. Look my best or close when my husband got 

27. Have a ten-minute party every day when my 
child got home from school. 

28. Punt. ■ 


MAY "82: 








« LaMirada, California (Biola University) 

(£)q Dr. Larry Poland and others will be speaking. Over 25 Brethren youth 
pastors and missionaries will lead seminars geared to youth 
Al Holley from Atlanta, Georgia, will be leading music and singing 


Latest Christian films, free trip to the Pacific Ocean, Grace College team, 
Operation Barnabas teams, full outreach program, BNYC choir, drama, 
full recreation program, optional trip to Disneyland, Knott's Berry 
Farm, and so forth, finals in NAC, sports and Bible quiz. Girl of the 
Year coronation, and much more. 

!@I/Qo August 1-7, 1982, Cost: $167.00. Registration is Sunday afternoon, 

August 1 , 1 :30-4:30. The conference ends after breakfast on Saturday 
Registration deadline is June 15 

Last year brought over 1 ^00 persons together and over 300 public decisions. 

A slide tape is available. 

MAY '82 



D Pastor and Mrs. Ralph Schwartz Honored! The 
family of the Grace Brethren Church of Santa Maria, 
Calif., gave Pastor Ralph and Martha Schwartz an all- 
expense paid trip to Hearst Castle, with overnight 
accommodations at Cambria Pines Inn. 

D Stockton, Calif.— A commissioning service was held 
for the new church in this city, pastored by Melford 
Grimm, at which Pastor Darrell Wenzek from the 
GBC of Tracy, Calif., officiated. 

A Sunday morning service, meeting at 10:00, was 
started in mid-March and is located at 8900 Thornton 
Rd. A Bible-study group is held on Wednesday eve- 
nings at 7 :00 at 2030 Pawnee Way. 

n An adult Christian mobile home park is being de- 
veloped by a lake east of Ocala and Silver Springs, 
Fla. Ten Brethren couples, including three pastors, 
have already made plans for residency in the park. 
For more information contact: Rev. Arnold R. Krieg- 
baum. Route 5, Box 36, Dunnellon, Fla. 32630. 

D The Indian Heights Grace Brethren Church of Ko- 
komo, Indiana, has 200 copies of "Hymns for the 
Living Church" (Hope Publishing Co.) that are for 
sale for $675—42 brand new and the balance in very 
good condition. Also, available are two loose leaf 
books for piano and organ. All of them are blue. 

except for six red ones. Lesser quantities may be 
bought for S3. 75 each. Contact Pastor Richard Sel- 
lers, Indian Heights Grace Brethren Church, 725 E. 
Center Rd., Kokomo, Ind. 46902. 

n PASTORAL POTPOURRI-Duane Bartle is the 
new pastor at Pompano Beach, Fla. • Chris Becker has 
begun the pastorate at North Lauderdale, Fla. • Don 
Rager has resigned from the pastorate at Conemaugh, 
Pa. • Lloyd Woolman began his ministry at the Simi 
GBC, particularly with their Christian school. "The 
following were approved for licensure: William 
Kiddoo (serving with the Lanham, Md., GBC); 
Howard Stouffer (serving with the East Side GBC, 
Columbus, Ohio); and Richard Todd (serving with the 
GBC at Long Beach, Calif.). • Dan Viveros and Mark 
Henning were approved for ordination. 

chanae ycur annual 

Earnest Bearinger, 3901 Bakia Vista, No. 604, Sara- 
sota, Fla. 33582 • The new telephone number for 
Ralph Burns is 803/224-7169 • Jack Monette, 364 
Ann St., Concord, N.C. 28025 • Ward Tressler, 
Clayhole, Ky. 41317 • The new name of the First 
Brethren Church of Dayton, Ohio, is the "First Grace 
Brethren of Dayton" • The new address for the 
Troutdale, Oreg., GBC is 1303 S.E. Stark St., Trout- 
dale, Oreg. 97060; and the new secretary for the GBC 
is Mrs. Marjorie Gunter, 35989 S.E. Haughum Rd., 
Boring, Oreg. 97009 (Tel. 503/663-6551) • Dixie 
Eichorst's address should be changed to 1851 Ren- 
frew Dr., South Bend, IN 46614 (see page 75) • The 
GBC of Alexandria, Va., no longer has a P.O. box 
number • The Goldendale, Wash., GBC is now meet- 
ing in its own building at 1180 South Roosevelt St., 
Goldendale, Wash. 98620. 

Those Who Have Served Us Well... 

Many faithful men who have 
served our fellowship of churches 
over the years as pastors are now 
retired. Very often these men 
served at great personal sacrifice in 
order to build Grace Brethren chur- 
ches, and to proclaim the Gospel of 
Jesus Christ. They served in a time 
before I.R.A.'s and other retire- 
ment plans, so in their retirement 
they must depend on Social Secur- 
ity and the Board of Ministerial 
Emergency and Retirement to sur- 
vive in our inflated economy. The 
only way many of them will survive 
is by help from our board. But, 
then, it is the responsibility of our 


fellowship of churches to take care 
of them. The Apostle Paul said, "If 
we sowed spiritual things in you, is 
it too much if we should reap 
material things from you? ... So 
also the Lord directed those who 
proclaim the gospel to get their 
living from the gospel" (1 Cor. 
9:11 and 14). This does not only 
apply to the young and vigorous, 
but also to the elderly who have 
served well in the past. 

Our Fellowship does support 
these faithful servants as is indi- 
cated by the 82 churches that do 
contribute 4% of their pastor's 
salary to the Board of Ministerial 

Emergency and Retirement annual- 
ly. But there are a /of of our 
churches that do nothing for these 
men of God. If your church is a 
"do-nothing" church, please con- 
sider your responsibility to the men 
who helped to bring our Fellowship 
where it is today. Please send your 
church's contribution to Pastor 
Clair Brickel, 14319 Brookville- 
Pyrmont Road., Brookville, Ohio 

Paul told Timothy, "The laborer 
is worthy of his wages." Please give 
these men what they deserve, for 
those who have served us well need 
our support A/OM// ■ 

Need Our Support 

MAY '82 i 

National Fellowship of Grace Brettiren Men, Inc. 

"Faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" 2 Timothy 2:2. 

/tSy National Conference 1982 


Welcome All Men ! 

to our annual conference in sunny California at the Marriott's: 
August 3-6, 1982 

Come and enjoy the fellowship with the brethren and hear Mike, Ed, Wayne, and Harold 

share their hearts on Men's Ministries. 

Mike Ostrander 
Winona Lake, Indiana 
Director of GBB 

Men-Filling the Gap 
Men— Committed 

Rev. Ed Jackson 

Homer, Alas/<a 
Pastor GBC of 
Kactiemak Bay 


Gift of 

Harold Hollinger 

Elizabe th to wn , Pennsylvania 
President of Grace Bretfiren 
Men and Boys 

State of GBM & B 

Wayne Aites 

Kittanning, Pennsylvania 
Volunteer Worker with 
tlie Navajos 


See You in California 

MAY '82 



for the 



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""" '^^rir V-3* 


by Mike Ostrander 

GBB Boys Leader 

The loner— one day he just rode 
into town. No one seemed to know 
where he came from, or why he was 
there. He kept to himself and pre- 
ferred to lounge in the shadows, as 
if he wanted to see everything 
without himself being seen. He ap- 
peared casual, almost indifferent, 
but his darting eyes betrayed the 
fact that he was waiting and watch- 
ing. But for what, or whom? 

The loner— he was the quiet one 
in the dormitory. While all the 
other guys were busily occupied 
with the affairs of college life, he 
was somehow different. He pre- 
ferred to remain in his room poring 
over those sketches that he seemed 
so obsessed with. Then one day the 
president of the United States came 
to town. What was that quiet shy 
boy doing in that big crowd? And 
what was that object in his pocket? 

The loner— favorite topic of fic- 
tion writers everywhere. Quiet, 
secretive, purposeful, tormented, 
and dangerous. But is that an ac- 



curate portrayal of the individual 
who has chosen to march to a dif- 
ferent drummer? 

In Grace Brethren Boys we en- 
counter loners, too. A group of 
boys may be busily engaged in 
some activity or game, having the 
time of their lives. But 6ver on the 
periphery is one youngster who is 
not joining in. He just sits there, 
quietly looking off into space as if 
his mind were a million miles away. 
IVIaybe he is there because the boys 
refuse to let him join in. Or, he may 
simply be there of his own choos- 
ing. But either way, he is a loner— at 
least for the moment. 

As adults, and especially as 
adults working with kids, we some- 
times become number conscious, 
focusing our attention and time on 
the group, while ignoring the loner. 
His quietness and unobtrusiveness 
actually seem to encourage us to 
overlook him. But in doing so, we 
are very likely overlooking a God- 
given opportunity to have a positive 
ministry in the life of that young- 

Generally speaking, the loner is 
in that position because of a very 
real emotional or spiritual problem 
or need in his life. Maybe he has 
been ostracized by the group be- 
cause he is not as proficient as tijg, 
rest at the particular activity they 
are engaged in. After all, who wants 
a boy with three left feet on his 
team? Although he may put up a 
front intended to communicate the 
y^pression that he doesn't really 
care anyway, down deep inside he 
'Weally hurting. 

A GBB leader or youth worker 
who has the insight to recognize the 
situatioK will find that he has a 

rare opportunity to minister in 
this context. The pain the boy is 
experiencing is so acute. And to 
hide the hurt he tries to bluff his 
way through it. What he really 
needs is someone willing to put an 
arm around his shoulders and let 
him know that he is still loved. Just 
a little bit of patience and under- 
standing go a long way at a time 
like this. 

Or, consider the boy who is ex- 
periencing problems at home. May- 
be his parents are not getting along, 
or perhaps they are in the process 
of getting a divorce. The youngster 
is torn between them and is desper- 
ately trying to sort things out in his 
own mind. Normally he would be 
enjoying a good game of Softball as 
much as the other boys, but right 
now his heart is just too heavy for 
that sort of thing. All he wants is 
for everyone to leave him alone in 
his misery. Again, a heads-up youth 
leader will be able to recognize the 
symptoms of a problem and be will- 
ing to move in and do whatever 
possible to share with the boy. The 
opportunity is there, the need is 
real, and the timiiti is perfect. 

In Grace Brewen Boys we have 
come to the conclusion that when- 
ever we see a loner, God is giving us 
_^__the opportunity to have a personal 
rfrftTtStryin the life of that boy. The 
easiest flEng in the world to do is 
walk over^^ down with him, and 
quietly feel Tiim out as to the 
nature of his pIlDblem. If you are 
genuine and patierl|, you will likely 
be rewarded by havJiM the boy un- 
burden his heart to ^u, releasing 
all those pent-up' thaughts and 
emotions. And»don't be Airprised if/' t 
you encounterfa few tears\long th^ 
^ way. That huri has been d«ply im- 
bedded and tne relief thaacpmes 
from finding someone wht^really 
cares and is willing to listel^to his 
troubles is almost unbearable.! 

So be on the lookout far the 
loner. The sight of a boy all b\l him- 
self ^sitting on a Ipg shouldfetart 
litiy bells ringing ajftd lights fishing 
somewtiiere in the back of «our 
^ aiTOther opportunity 
His love witB a 



boy in need. 

Watch for the Lc 

Women Manifesting eiirist 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 



Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings 
Higliway, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
(Tel. 219/267-7603) 

First Vice President 

Mrs. Robert (Althea) Miller, 5772 Karen 
Avenue, Cypress, California 90630 (Tel. 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Car- 
riage Lane, Powell, Ohio 43065 (Tel. 


Mrs. Fred (Margie) Devan, Jr., 2507 Van- 
couver Drive, N.W., Roanoke, Virginia 
24012 (Tel. 703/366-2843) 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Donald (Marilyn) Weltmer, Route 
No. 1, Box 131, Gerradstown, West 
Virginia 25420 (Tel. 304/229-3920) 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut 
Avenue, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
(Tel. 219/267-7588) 

Assistant Financial Secretary -Treasurer 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Route No. 1, 
Box 59, Lake Odessa, Michigan 48849 
(Tel. 616/693-2315) 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route No. 8, 
Box 297, Warsaw, Indiana 46580 (Tel. 


Miss Nora Macon, 109 Fourth Street, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 (Tel 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut 
Street, Troy, Ohio 45373 (Tel 513/ 

Jlissionary ^Birthdays 

JULY 1982 

(Addresses will be found on pages 52 and 53 of the Grace Brethren 


Elizabeth Hoyt July 4, 1978 

Maria Robinson July 9, 1966 


Frederick Hodgdon July 9, 1964 

Rev. Earle Hodgdon July 18 


Mrs. Donna Walker July 1 

Miss Carolyn Kodear July 7 

Miss Cheryl Kaufman July 10 

Dr. Don Hocking July 15 

Miss Nancy McMunn July 16 

Sara Beth Ochocki July 16, 1981 

Miss Marian Thurston July 24 

Mrs. Kathy Ochocki July 24 

Lisa Immel July 26, 1966 

Rev. Tom Stallter July 26 

Miss Margaret Hull July 27 


Mrs. Bonnie Schilperoort July 2 

Andy Hudson July 10, 1973 

Sandrine Vieuble July 25, 1975 

Ryan Hobert July 29, 1978 

Mrs. Susie Hobert July 31 


Mrs. Ada Taber July 8 

Rev. Robert Williams July 15 

Rev. Tom Sharp July 19 

c/o P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Mark Austin July 23, 1968 

c/o P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Mrs. Kathryn Hoyt July 29 

c/o P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, IN 46590 



Foreign Missions Offering 

Goal -$10,000 

Deadline - June 10, 1982 

Continuation of raising funds for the new Missionary Residence in 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

Thank Offering 

Goal — $1 .50 per member collected throughout the year 

Deadline - June 10, 1982 

Given to the Brethren Messianic Testimony (Jewish Missions) 

Birthday Offering 

Goal — $1.50 per member collected throughout the year 

Deadline - June 10, 1982 

Given towards the support of our five WMC Birthday Missionaries 


MAY '82 i 

Thanks a Bunch ! 

by Miriam Pacheco 



Executive Committee. 

FMS Board. 

Everyone tiiat steps inside the new missions 

They all have about the same thing to say. 
"It's just right. So nice. So comfy." 

Some folks even said they wanted to be- 
come missionaries just so they could stay 
there on furlough. 

It is an evidence of God's poured-out bless- 
ings and a testimony to many people willing 
to sacrifice and respond to the Lord's leading 
in giving toward this much-needed facility. 

Thank you, ladies of WMC, from the Ex- 
ecutive Committee, National Board, the FMS 
Board, retired missionaries, missionaries that 
spend a short time while passing through, and 
candidates. Your gifts of money and material 
items, and your support through prayer are 
being put to good use. 

A special thanks goes to the Missionary 
Residence Committee— Jean Zielasko, Ada 
Etiing, Dorothy Beaver, Isabel Zimmerman, 
and Linda Hoke— for the many hours of work 
involved in helping to plan, furnish, move, 
and clean. It takes a lot of work, and these 
ladies do it willingly and cheerfully. 

I received this note, and it really belongs to 
all of you. As you read it, give the praise and 
glory to our lovely Lord Jesus Christ. 

Dear Miriam, 

We stepped in out of the cold, tired with 
jet lag— Africa was behind, furlough ahead. It 
was great being back in the U.S.A., but we 
were still miles from home. 

We were welcomed to the missionary resi- 
dence by the retired missionaries who led us 
to "our" apartment. We could hardly take it 
all in: soft carpets, cheery rooms, lots of light, 
modern kitchenette, a private bath for each 
bedroom, even a tub! (the first hot tub bath 
in three years!) 

We were on our own, close to the mission 
office, in a peaceful environment and grateful 
for the privacy. A nice place to stay between 

WMC \dea File 

M ~-?p= — ^^ 

— The North Long Beach WMC has an all- 
day meeting each month, working on proj- 
ects in the morning until time for a potluck 
lunch. Projects include items for missions, 
children, shut-ins, and students. 

— Try writing "round robin" letters to 
missionaries. If the ladies feel that individu- 
ally they couldn't find enough things to 
write to a missionary, have them each write 
a few paragraphs or so. Be sure to read all re- 
plies and share the prayer requests at the 

— In place of your regular WMC meeting, 
why not try a Saturday brunch! Possibly 
after the meeting, a work day could be 
planned at the church. 

— A WMC group has been started at 
Leisure World in Seal Beach, California. 
Ruth Ashman and Leila Polman began the 
group, and at the first meeting 19 ladies 
were present. Welcome to WMC! 

— This year WMC packets will be two for 
$7.00 (late requests Will be two for $10.00). 
The packets include the 1982-83 programs, 
suggestions, and study booklet. This is a real 
bargain considering the cost of books and 
printing today! Be sure to send in your re- 
quests on time and avoid paying the late fee. 

home (C.A.R.j and home (U.S.A.). 

Would you please tell the WMC ladies that 
we sincerely appreciate them. We are thankful 
for this expression of their love to us. 


Lila Sheely and Lois Wilson 

MAY '82 


by Miriam Pacheco 

National President 

Have you ever dialed the phone and 
when the person answered, you forgot 
who you called, so you didn't know 
what to say? 

Have you ever served supper and in 
the process cut the meat on your hus- 
band's plate like you do for the kids? 

Have you ever been moved to tears 
by a hug and a kiss from the precious 
son or daughter that God has given 

Did you ever find yourself speech- 
less, unable to find the words of praise 
to God for all His blessings? 

Does your family ever gather 
around the table for the delicious, lov- 
ingly prepared meal, only to tell you 
that that's the same thing they had for 

Has your heart ever felt pierced by 
the pain of losing one very dear to 

Does your heart leap with joy when 
you read the blessed promises of God 
in His Word? 

Do you ever have a struggle with 
your daily schedule— not finding the 
time to do everything— discovering 
you've neglected that most important 
quiet time with Jesus? 

Do you smile in the midst of a day- 
dream, thinking of and remembering 
all the fun and enjoyment of a family 

^= oO MAY '82 

Do you ever search the card coun- 
ters, but never find a card that can 
express your love, thankfulness, and 
deepest feelings for your wonderful 
husband on your anniversary? 

Do you find yourself wanting to 
hug all those sweet little SMM girls 
who work so hard and enjoy life so 

Have you ever looked at the re- 
sponsibilities that are yours and ex- 
perienced that "I'll-never-make-it" 
feeling, only to discover that in your 
weakness, God's strength and the 
Spirit's ministry is freely given? 

Does it bring real joy and fulfill- 
ment to your life as you study God's 
Word, learn about and pray for mis- 
sionaries, and give what the Lord en- 
ables to help with many Grace Breth- 
ren ministries? 

Are you asking me? OK. I answer 
Yes to all of the above! 

Really, I'm reminding myself of all 
the blessings— through hard and easy 
times— that the Lord has brought into 
my life. Thank you, WMC ladies, for 
being a part of those blessings. ■ 


Have you ever won 
dered what your natioi 
WMC officers are like? 
Perhaps many of you k 
some of the officers pe 
sonally, but more than 
likely you are not ac- 
quainted with all ten 

We come from aero 
the United States, are 
involved in a variety o( 
occupations and activii 
and are all ages; some 

Joyce Ashman 

National Financial 
Secretary- Treasurer 

I was born in Peru, Indiana, c 
lived there until I was 12 years ( 
when we moved to Winona Lake, In 
ana. I thank the Lord for my Christ 
parents and for the influence tf 


some married. But 
have two things in 
on: we love the Lord 
^ery much and want to 
V serve Him, and we 
•orldngin WMC and de- 
see that the programs 
he needs of our ladies 
}nor God. 

this issue of the Herald 
allowing issues), we 
'ou will meet and be- 
better acquainted with 

3 been in my life. 

was saved when I was five years 
under nny father's nninistry. After 
luating fronn high school, I went to 
jsiness school in Fort Wayne, Indi- 
Shortly after finishing there, I 
it to work for Grace Schools; I 
3 been there for 20 years and am 
/ working in the Financial Office, 
enjoy working in WMC and serv- 
the Lord in this way and thank 
1 for the privilege. I also work in 
ous areas at Winona Lake (indi- 
I Grace Brethren Church and have 
I several offices in the Christian 
iness and Professional Women's 

thank the Lord for the health and 
ngth He gives me each day. I also 
ik Him for guiding and protecting 
family and me daily, 
want to take this opportunity to 
ik all the WMC ladies for your 
38 and words of encouragement, 
nk you, too, for your prayers on 
behalf as I serve the Lord and you 

1C editor's note: Joyce also 
'hets avidly, making some of the 
t attractive afghans and baby 
\ketsl She is also a faithfu mem- 
of the church choir.) ■ 

Margie Devan National Secretary 

gym clothes, 
forget your 

"Do you have your 
Laura? Warren, don't 

So begins another day as we jump 
in the car and head for Berean Chris- 
tian Academy. There I exchange my 
fifth- and second-graders for thirteen 
lively first-graders. 

After school it's home to laundry, 
supper, lunches for tomorrow, helping 
with homework, and maybe a few 
minutes to relax. 

We also keep up with a busy sched- 
ule at Washington Heights GBC (in 
Roanoke, Virginia) where my husband 
is pastor and I teach Sunday school 
and work with SMM Little Sisters. 

Cooking, especially baking, is some- 
thing I really enjoy. I enjoy it so much 
that I am head cook for our district 
camp one week each summer. The 
best part is that there I have other 
people to clean up and wash the 
dishes— tasks I don't especially enjoy. 

I do enjoy making clothes for my- 
self and my family, crewel embroidery, 
neddlepoint, and latchhook. 

WMC has been a big part of my life 
for many years. I really didn't want to 
go at all at first, but a dear friend 
faithfully called to invite me every 
month until finally I said, "OK, I'll 
give it a try." The fellowship of Chris- 
tian women studying the Bible to- 
gether and learning about missions 
won me over on the first visit. 

You might guess from reading this 
that I enjoy being busy, and I do. But 
sometimes the pace gets a little too 
hectic— like the week recently when I 
got two new students in my class who 
were months behind the others, 
Laura's permanent came out straight, 
Warren stepped on a rusty nail, the 
vacuum cleaner gave up the ghost, and 
the cake baked for the special speaker 
fell off the table on Sunday morning. 

How precious it is then to remem- 
ber God's promises, "Yet those who 
wait for the Lord will gain new 
strength; they will mount up with 
wings like eagles, they will run and 
not get tired, they will walk and not 
become weary" (Isa. 40:31 NASB). 
Thanks, Lord! ■ 

MAY '82 

31 i 

Thirteen of the missionaries who participated in the 1981 Grace Theological Seminary 
European Extension Classes were, from left: front row-Karl van Berghem, Bill Hawk, 
Adriaan Stringer; second row-Raymond Johnson, Dick Heldenbrand, David Haag; third 
row-Eugene Cox, John Murray, Bill Wooten, Dick Patty; back row-Eric Gay, John 
Hobson, Bill Lippman. Nine of these men continued their classes in 1982. 

Reaching Out 

by Vance Christie 

How far does the influence of 
Grace Theological Seminary reach? 
No doubt the school affects lives 
virtually around the globe, as 
currently nearly 1,900 Grace grad- 
uates are pastoring churches in the 
states, serving as missionaries in 
scores of foreign countries, and 
fulfilling professorial and adminis- 
trative roles in many Christian col- 
leges and seminaries. 

A further facet of the school's 
worldwide ministry began last year 
with the founding of European Ex- 
tension Classes at the Chateau, a 
Grace Brethren missions head- 
quarters in St. Albain, France. The 
development of this program has 
strengthened the seminary's effort 
in spreading the Gospel throughout 

Dr. John C. Whitcomb, professor 
of Theology and director of Doc- 
toral Studies at Grace Theological 
Seminary, taught two classes at the 
Chateau last month. They were 
"Christian Evidences and Apolo- 

getics" and "The Kingdom and the 

By early March, over 30 persons 
had already registered to study at 
the extension classes. These persons 
were largely American missionaries 
serving in different European coun- 
tries; while two of them were 
Dutch missionaries from Holland. 
Tom Julien, a Grace Brethren 
missionary to France, also took 
part in the April classes. 

Other missionaries participating 
in the program, along with their 
field of ministry, included: West 
Germany-Robert Ehle, John 
Hobson, Dick Patty, Howard David- 
son, Henry Toews, Mary Brandt, 
Richard Schaefer, Verle Bresson, 
Kim Chung Soo, Paul Garrison, 
Louis Piatt; Scotland-David Haag; 
Morocco-Dick Heldenbrand; 
France-John Clayton, John Mur- 
ray, Paul Leslie, Hugh Collins, 
Geoff and Diane Gorsuch, Dean 
Truog, Mike Jones-Evans, John 
Haines, Brian Foreman, Lynn 
Miley, James Moore, Thongsouk 
Thao; Belgium-Adriaan Stringer; 

Netherlands— Karl van Berghem, 
Thomas Murphy, Wolter Neutel; 
I taly — Wil I iams Standridge, 
Francesco Tarantino. 

The European Extension Classes 
were begun a year ago. Dr. S. 
Wayne Beaver, associate professor 
of Missions and director of Grace's 
Graduate School of Missions, in- 
structed two classes last April while 
on sabbatical. Fifteen men took 
part in the classes. 

Students participating in the 
overseas program earn seminary 
credit toward one of two degrees, 
the Th.M. in Missions or the M.A. 
in Missions. The program has been 
set up in such a way that a student 
can fulfill the course requirements 
for a master's degree by success- 
fully completing two extension 
courses at St. Albain each spring for 
four years, and one 10-week sum- 
mer session on the Grace Seminary 

Nine of the men who partici- 
pated in the 1981 extension classes 
returned for the 1982 sessions. 
Scheduled to complete their 
10-week block of summer classes 
this year are Adriaan Stringer, Bill 
Wooten, Karl van Berghem and 
Raymond Johnson. 

In order to complete all regular 
course work which is required of 
seminary students at the Winona 
Lake, Indiana, campus, provisions 
are made so that extension students 
can complete attendant reading as- 
signments before the courses begin. 
A research paper is written by each 
student and mailed in within three 
months following the completion 
of each course. Examinations are 
given to those working for a degree 
and complete class syllabi are avail- 
able for all regularly enrolled stu- 
dents. Classes may also be audited, 
or work may be done toward a 
certificate from the seminary. 

The European seminary program 
is an extension of Grace's Graduate 
School of Missions which began in 
1976. Grace Brethren missionary 
Larry DeArmey, who served in 
France, assists Dr. Beaver in coordi- 
nating the extension classes in 
Europe. Beaver reports that it 
might be possible for the extension 
class setup to be offered in other 
parts of the world as well. ■ 


MAY "82 i 

Senior Art on Display 

Participants in Exhibit: Senior artists displaying works at Grace College's Colonial Hall Art Gallery included 
from left: Scott Holladay, Leslie Weikel, Mark Whitacre, Kevin Konyha, Melinda Marvin and Jeff Moine. 
Fields of specialty displayed in the exhibit include crafts, photography, design, drawing, ceramics and 
studio art. 

A number of works of the graduating art 
majors of Grace College were on display in 
the Colonial Hall Art Gallery in March. These 
six students put together their best works 
from their studio hours at Grace. 

Seniors participating include: Melinda 
Marvin, Columbus, Indiana; Leslie Weikel, 
New Haven, Indiana; Scott Holladay, Wichita, 
Kansas; Kevin Konyha, Oklahoma City, Okla- 
homa; Jeff Moine, Wadsworth, Ohio; and 
Mark Whitacre, Winchester, Virginia. 

As an art education major, Melinda Marvin 
would like to teach on the elementary level. 
She is a diversified artist, with interests in the 
crafts. Leslie has special skills in the area of 
photography. She is presently working for the 

school's art department as a photography lab 
assistant and is also photography editor for 
the college yearbook. 

Holladay has exceptional talents in the area 
of design. He is presently employed in that 
field at Ken Anderson Films in Warsaw, Indi- 
ana. Konyha, an art education major, has 
strong qualities in drawing. He plans to teach 
at the secondary level. Moine, a highly skilled 
ceramicist, is also an education major who is 
interested in teaching at the junior and senior 
high level. Whitacre has interests in commer- 
cial art. To expand his knowledge of the art 
field, he is involved in advanced studies in 
studio skills. ■ 

MAY '82 



Grace Schools will be operating on a balanced budget of 
$6.6 million for 1982-83. The record budget was passed dur- 
ing the recent spring meeting of the Board of Trustees held 
on campus witn the chairman, Rev. Jerry Young, presiding. 

Tuition rates in both the college and seminary were in- 
creased. College tuition will be $106 per credit hour next 
year which is an increase of 10.42 percent. The seminary rate 
for next year will be $86 per credit hour, up 10.26 percent. 

Due to continuing increase in the cost of utilities and 
food the board approved a 10.07 percent hike in room and 
board in the college. This is a $200 increase, with the rate for 
the year being $2,186. Gift income needed to balance the 
budget will be $650,000. 

Promotions in rank effective in August 1982, were ap- 
proved for the following members of the college faculty: Dr. 
Brent Sandy and Prof. Marilyn Yoder, to associate professor; 
and Prof. Ted Hildebrandt to assistant professor. Seminary 
promotions also effective in August include Prof. David 
Turner to assistant professor; Prof. George Zemek, to associ- 
cate professor; and Dr. John Sproule to professor. 

Dr. E. William Male, dean of the seminary, and Dr. 
Sproule were granted sabbatical leaves for the second semes- 
ter of the 82-83 school year. In the college. Dr. Richard Dil- 
ling was granted a sabbatical leave to pursue a degree in com- 
puter science at the University of Evansville. 

The second annual review of Pattern For Progress, a long- 
range planning document, was presented to the Board. Grace 
is involved in the Pursuing Priorities Campaign for the '80s to 
raise $1 million per year for the ten-year period. The goal by 
1985 is $5 million and during the first year of the campaign 
nearly $910,000 was raised. 

The trustees also heard a report on a Campus Master Plan 
being developed by LeRoy Troyer and Associates of Misha- 
waka. The location and general character of the new Student 
Services Center was a principal feature of the report. Projected 
cost of the center is $1.5 million and authorization was given 
to begin construction on the center when 75 percent of the 
total cost is on hand in cash. 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., president of Grace Schools, said 
that 26 of the 27 elected members were present (one was re- 
covering from serious illness in California). After an orienta- 
tion session for the three new trustees, the executive commit- 
tee met and then the full board began three days of meetings. 


A Blessing to Grace Schools 

IN 1981 

OVER 265 






$ 52,000.00 






Development Office 


Winona Lake, IN 


THE FEBRUARY 1982 HONOR ROLL is as follows: 
In Memory of : Given by : 

Edna Mae Kinzie 
Chalmer Smitley 
William Lee Sparr 

Mrs. Lois Kirscht 
Rev. William Schaffer 
Mr. and Mrs. Philip LaRue 
and family 



Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

MAY '821 


Sound Investment 

Wind Symphony 

Three musical ensembles from Grace College had the op- 
portunity to tour and minister in a total of eight states in 

Sound Investment, a vocal and instrumental group, 
traveled to Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas and Missouri during 
the school's spring break, April 3-1 1 . At the same time, the 
Freshman Choir toured in Ohio and Pennsylvania. The Col- 
lege's Wind Symphony spent an extended weekend visiting 
various churches and schools in both Indiana and Illinois, 
April 16-18. 

These ensembles ministered primarily in churches and 
Christian schools, and also at youth rallies and a banquet. 
Their programs were designed to bring glory to God 
through music. 

Musical tours provide students with the opportunity to 
serve the body of Christ with their God-given talents. In 
addition, these trips allow students to fellowship with each 
other and with those to whom they minister. Tours also af- 
ford students the occasion to see some of the cultural at- 
tractions which various cities and states have to offer. 

Sound Investment, a contemporary ministry team, first 
sang for a spring banquet at Grace College of the Bible in 
Omaha, Nebraska. It also presented programs in eight 
churches and four schools. One of the five Grace Brethren 
churches that Sound Investment sang at was that pastored 
by Rev. F. Thomas Inman, located in Colorado Springs, 
Colorado. Pastor Inman is the father of Sound Investment's 
director, Bryce Inman. 

The Freshman Choir is made up 
of 30 students, all of whom are 
selected by audition. The vocal en- 
semble was kept busy while on 
tour, ministering in a total of nine 
churches, all but one of which were 
Grace Brethren, and four schools. 
Directed by Prof. Don Ogden, the 
choir also sang at two youth rallies 
while in Pennsylvania. 

Prof. Paul Milliman conducted 
the Wind Symphony, a 35-member 
brass, woodwind and percussion en- 
semble, as it performed in three 
churches and the same number of 
schools. The members of Wind 
Symphony enjoyed an afternoon of 
sightseeing and shopping in Chicago 
while on their weekend tour. ■ 

MAY '82 


The first session of this year's national 
conference, sponsored by the Brethren 
Missionary Herald. No admission charge. 

Plan to Attend This Year's FGBC National Con- 
ference, July 31 -August 6 at Palm Springs, 

The conference will be held at Marriott's Rancho 
Las Palmas Resort, 41000 Bob Hope Dr., Rancho 
Mirage, Calif. 92270. Connplete reservation infor- 
mation appeared in the November 1981 Herald. 
Additional reservation cards and a program 
outline may be obtained from Charles Ashman, 
conference coordinator, P.O. Box 386, Winona 
Lake, Ind. 46590. 


Join the Missionary Herald After-Conference Tour to Hawaii, Aug. 7-16 

It's your opportunity to visit three of the islands, and Write to the Brethren Missionary Herald, P.O. Box 544, 

fellov\/ship with the Brethren in Hawaii! The cost from Winona Lake, Ind. 46590 for a free brochure. Or phone 

Los Angeles is only $888. For those from Eastern cities, toll-free, 1-800-348-2756. Brochures may also be oth 

you can combine national conference and Hawaii at real tained from Rev. Ralph Colburn, 3490 La Jara St., Long 

bargain rates. . . . Check these prices which give you Beach, Calif. 90805. 
stopover privileges in Southern California. 

Denver $ 928 

Chicago $ 988 

Cleveland $1,108 

Philadelphia $1,078 



JUNE 1982 


Reflections By Still Waters 



and $37 Million for Lunch 

Charles W. Turner 


A stockbroker on the streets of 
New York learned a lesson that 
Christians should have learned a 
long time ago. A freak winter snow- 
stornn hit New York in early April — 
the worst storm ever recorded for 
that date in the area. With snow in 
the streets and the wind blowing, a 
messenger from one of the finan- 
cial institutions got a little careless 
and dropped an envelope in his 

It was not just any ordinary en- 
velope; it was one that contained 
$37.1 million worth of certificates 
of deposit. The certificates were 
not assigned to an individual and 
could be cashed by the bearer! 
They were just like cash and $37.1 
million is a lot of money ... I think. 
At least, I think it is a lot of money 
because experience has not per- 

mitted me to have firsthand knowl- 
edge in this type of situation. Enter 
our hero, Jim Priceman, employed 
by another financial institution in 
the New York City area, Doft and 
Company. Mr. Priceman noticed 
the envelope, picked it up, in- 
spected it, and proceeded on his 
way to lunch. He got a tuna fish 
sandwich and went back to the of- 

Can you imagine the experience 
of opening an envelope and dis- 
covering that you were holding $37 
million dollars in your freezing 
little hands? My first temptation 
vifould be to say "Thank You, Lord, 
You knew that my heating bill is 
high and this is Your way of provid- 
ing—at least through the next 
several centuries— even more than I 
could ask or think." Then reality 
would begin to set in and I would 
need to determine what I should do 

with this sudden windfall profit. 
Mr. Priceman did what was right- 
he found the owner and returned 
the funds. 

His good deed was not to be un- 
rewarded. The A. G. Becker-Warburg 
Paribas Becker, Inc., Company sent 
him a note of appreciation and a 
check for $250. My guess is that 
$250 was approximately the 
amount of interest earned in the 
hour that he held the $37 million. 

There are many lessons to be 
learned from this story . . . the first 
of which is that we should not com- 
plain about the weather. Who 
knows— the next blizzard may bring 
you an envelope, an unusual one, 
that is, like no other envelope in 
the world. But the more obvious 
lesson seems to be that honesty 
should not be valued in the amount 
of money returned or the reward 
that is received. A plain word of 
thanks is reward enough for doing 
right. If the world moved forward 
by doing the right thing and then 
having a trumpet blast and a thank- 
you party for each correct deed, 
people would miss the point of 
doing right. Someone has said that 
virtue is its own reward and this is 

Maybe there is so much evil in 
the world that doing good is an un- 
usual happening. If so, God have 
pity on the world. The hero of our 
story found that the easiest thing to 
do was to be helpful and put the 
material back in the owner's hands. 
Nothing complicated about it and 
nothing that spells out any unusual 
virtue, just do as expected! 

Maybe the finest lesson in all 
this is that rewards do not come in 
great haste. We have been in- 
structed not to be weary in well 
doing, for in due season we shall 
reap, if we faint not. The test is not 
whether we do good one time; it is 
whether we can consistently do 
good. The supreme test is not grow- 
ing weary in well doing. Many 
godly people spend their lives in 
pursuit of accomplishing things for 
God and do very well at the task. 
Their rewards at the time seem few 
and far between, but be assured the 
deeds do not go unnoticed by God. 
If all rewards were immediate, we 
would have little to look forward to 
in the future. ■ 

.JUNe '82 





Volume 44 Number 6 June 1982 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
(ISSN-0161-5238) is published 
monthly by the Brethren IVIission- 
ary Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, 1 104 
Kings Highway, Winona Lake, IN 
46590. Subscription prices: $6.75 
per year; foreign, $8.50; special rates 
to churches. Second-class postage 
paid at Winona Lal<e, IN 46590. 
Printed by BMH Printing. POST- 
MASTER: Send address changes to 
Brethren IVIissionary Herald, P.O. 
Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

EXTRA COPIES of back issues 
are available. One copy, $1.75; two 
copies, $2.75; three to ten copies, 
$1.25 each; more than ten copies, 
$1.00 each. Please include your 
check with order. (Prices include 
postage charges.) 

NEWS ITEMS contained in each 
issue are presented for information, 
and do not indicate endorsement. 

MOVING? Send label on back 
cover and your new address. Please 
allow four weeks for the change to 
be made. 

chandise orders: 1-800-348-2756. 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 

Christian Education: 

Knute Larson 

Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 

Grace Brethren Men: 

Harold Hollinger 

Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Don Cramer 

Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 

Women's Missionary Council: 

Nora Macon 

l\ - 


4 A Different Way of Life 

8 Puerto Rico: The Challenge of It All 

11 Good Things Come in Small Packages 

12 Orange City, Florida, A Climate for Growth 

15 Accomplishing God's Goal 

16 That Significant Life 

18 Defining Pastors' Workshops 

20 CE Cheers and Praises 

21 Would You Like to Call Home? 
24 I Like GBB Because . . . 

26 Attention Men! 

29 Meet Your WMC Officers 

30 Homespun 

32 "I Can't"? "With Christ, I Can!" 
34 Grace News Notes 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 22 • 

reprrtetl in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1947 

Dr. Alva J. McClain was the commence- 
ment speaker at London Bible Institute In 
Canada. . . . Wesley Haller was named the 
pastoral assistant at First Brethren Churchy 
Dayton, Ohio. ... Dr. Russell Barnard re- 
ported on his and Mrs. Barnard's trip to 
Europe and Africa. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1967 

The North Long Beach Brethren Church, 
Long Beach, Calif., received a plaque from 
the Long Beach City Council in recognition 
of outstanding service to the community. 
. . . Dr. James L. Boyer, Grace Schools pro- 
fessor, was named the first recipient of the 
Alva J. McClain award for excellence in 

5 YEARS AGO - 1977 

The Grace Brethren Church, Myerstown, 
Pa., announced the proposed construction 
of a new sanctuary which will seat 2,034 
persons and cost more than $1,500,000. . . . 
Rev. and Mrs. William Schaffer celebrated 
their fiftieth wedding anniversary. 

Dear Reader, 

It is not too late to be able to enjoy the 
fellowship of our national conference at 
Palm Springs, California, July 31 to August 
6. Rooms are still available and there will be 
plenty of sunshine for all who attend. 

Pastor Luke Kauffman will be the mod- 
erator for the sessions. Christian Education 
has planned a good series of meetings on 
Sunday and Monday. The opening night 
concert on Saturday will get you in the right 
spiritual mood for the week . . . Herald 
Ministries has scheduled Christine Wyrtzen 
as the soloist for a beautiful evening of re- 

For those who want to make the 1982 
conference still more enjoyable, we have a 
real special! A number of Brethren will fly 
from Los Angeles to Hawaii on Saturday, 
August 7. The Ralph Colburns and the 
Charles Turners will host the trip. We will 
visit three islands of the chain, the Breth- 
ren churches, and return tanned and happy 
on August 16. I have a ton of brochures left 
and if you do not ask for one, I will have to 
paper my office with them. So write Charles 
Turner, P.O. Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 
46590, or call on our toll-free number, 
1-800-348-2756, and we will mail one to 


Grace Theological Seminary faculty members pictured are, from left to right: kneeling— Dr. D. 
Brent Sandy, Dr. Stephen Strehle, Dr. R. Larry Overstreet, Prof. Daniel Wallace, Dr. John Davis; 
second row-Dr. James Boyer, Prof. Robert Ibach, Prof. Ivan Fench, Dr. Homer A. Kent, Dr. 
John Sproule, Prof. Richard Averbeck, Dr. Wayne Knife; third row-Dr. S. Wayne Beaver, Dr. 
George Zemek, Prof. James Eisenbraun, Dr. John Whitcomb, Dr. E. William Male, Prof. C. Lee 
Jenkins, Dr. Lee Kantenwein, Dr. David Turner; back row-Dr. Charles Smith, Dr. Donald 
Fowler, Prof. Donald Ogden. (Photo by Bill LeMastersI 

' BIVIH JUNE -82 3=^ 

A Different Way of Life 



People gather at the Castor Church. 

by Triceine Custer 

"After 19 years we are going to 

When my husband came home 
and told me that news, my heart 
thrilled that God would give us 
such an opportunity. In 1962, we 
applied to the Foreign Missionary 
Society to be missionaries in the 
Central African Republic. The 
doors were open, but God never 
gave us peace that He wanted us to 
serve Him there. We know God's 
will was for us to be in the pastor- 
ate, but He has never released us 
from the burden of world missions, 
particularly in Africa. 


After visiting our missionaries in 
Stuttgart, Germany, we flew via 
Paris to Bangui, C.A.R., arriving 
late in the evening. Roy and Ruth 
Snyder and Don and Lois Miller 
met our plane, and it was great to 
see their familiar faces. 

Roy helped us through passport 
check, interpreting in Sango, and 
telling the government official who 
we were and why we came. Even 

JUNE '82 


cal center and Dr. Larry and Linda 

A special joy was watching Dr. 
Larry examine and diagnose pa- 
tients at the dispensaries. It was 
evident how much the Africans 
trusted him. As he prayed with the 
patients and capably and carefully 
dealt with their ailments, I could 
see God's love in action. 

The trained African nurses and 
our doctors are the medical evan- 
gelists. Everyone who comes to 
them is treated both physically and 


Dr. Larry Pfahler and some 
medical evangelists 

our luggage arrived safely! We piled 
into the mission station wagon and 
drove to the guest house, the first 
stop in our 21 -day visit. 

It is difficult to summarize all 
that we saw and felt. Let me share 
some of my impressions as a 
woman, wife, and mother. Life 
there is very different— not neces- 
sarily wrong or impoverished, just 
different from the way we live. 

The church buildings vary from 
large brick structures with open 
windows and metal roofs to pole 
barn buildings with thatched roofs. 
The larger ones can seat up to two 
thousand on wooden benches, the 
smaller ones only a hundred or two. 

In Bangui we attended the Sango 
service at Castor, one of the larger 
churches. The people filled the 
building— children up front, men on 
one side and ladies on the other. 
The brightly colored clothing, the 
women's head coverings, the rhyth- 
mic singing, the smiling faces, the 
friendly handshakes, the obedient 
children, the enthusiastic preaching 
of God's Word, the open Sango 
Bibles, the public decisions, the joy 
of the Lord, the oneness we shared 
in Christ with our African brothers 
and sisters— all this and much more 
overwhelmed me. 

I thought of the years of prayer. 

the hours of commitment, the 
faithful servants, the lives and 
deaths that God used to bring these 
African people to accept Christ as 
their Saviour and establish churches 
to proclaim the Gospel. 

Batangafo, Boguila 

About four years ago, a Mission 
Aviation Fellowship (IVIAF) pilot 
and his family were added to the 
missionary team in Africa. What a 
tremendous asset to fly in a few 
minutes the same distance that used 
to take hours and days on mud rut 
roads. The pilot, Larry Warne- 
muende, and his wife, Sharon, are 
dorm parents for the elementary- 
age missionary children at the 
school in Bata. 

Larry was our escort for several 
days. He flew us to Batangafo to 
visit Bob and Denise Skeen, then to 
Boguila where we visited the medi- 

spiritually. Larry, the MAP pilot, 
and his plane have been a great help 
to the medical work, transporting 
patients fi-om the bush for treat- 
ment and serving the medical needs 
of the missionaries 

As we visited the buildings, I was 
especially interested in the "ma- 
ternity ward." We saw a number of 
newborn babies, several of them 
who were delivered by Caesarean 
section. The African moms are just 
as proud of their babies as we are of 
ours. And their babies are beautiful. 
A couple of tiny ones were kept in 
incubators that were heated with 
hot water bottles, each one watched 
carefully by a relative. 


From Boguila we flew to Bata, 
also called Bible Center. Schools 
ranging from elementary through 
seminary level are in Bata. We 


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visited and ate with the missionaries 
and toured the buildings. It was a 
special treat to see the new semi- 
nary building and the houses where 
the students live. 

From Bata, my husband traveled 
by truck to Yaloke and I went by 
plane. Flying in a small plane is a 
great experience. At first everything 
below looked like green jungle. 
Then I began to see rivers, animals, 
small thatched huts, cleared gar- 
dens, and occasionally a road, but 
mostly bush, tall grass, and trees. 

The plane attracts a lot of atten- 
tion both in the air and as it lands. 

appendectomy on a lady. They pre- 
pared her for surgery, used local 
anesthetic, prayed with her, and 
began to make the incision. It was 
fascinating to watch the skill of this 
man who has had little formal edu- 
cation but has been well-trained in 
medical procedures by Dr. Bill 
Walker and Dr. Harold Mason. 

The ledger of Panzet's surgeries 
is amazing. During our week's stay, 
he performed several Caesarean sec- 
tions, a bowel resection, a hernia 
repair, appendectomies, and pre- 
sided at normal deliveries. He also 
set bones and sutured lacerations. 

Bangui Guest House 

Pray for Panzet and the tremendous 
responsibility he carries. 

Soon it was time to leave Ya- 
loke— a very difficult time for me. 
It was so hard to say goodbye to all 
the missionaries as they returned to 
their stations. We knew it would 
probably be years before we could 
again fellowship with these dear 
friends. But we had a renewed 
vision of what God wants to do in 
the C.A.R. and a renewed commit- 
ment to support and uphold this 
part of His work. 


Back in Bangui, we settled into 
the guest house. During our last 
three days in Africa we took care of 
final details, saw more of Bangui, 
had a chicken dinner on a hotel 
veranda in pouring rain, visited 
M'Baiki, and visited with mission- 
aries from Zaire. 

African Life 

What is life like in Africa? For 
the African it means red mud block 
homes with thatched roofs (or a 
metal roof if you have money); no 
electricity or plumbing; cooking on 
an open fire outdoors or under a 
hut if it rains; washing dishes. 

Many villagers run to the air strips, 
and children jump and wave. It was 
evident that many of the bush 
Africans seldom see a plane. The air 
strips are grass runways, sometimes 
sloping, just long enough for our 
plane to land and take off. 


We arrived in Yaloke for the ten- 
day Missionary Field Council. At 
the conference each year the prob- 
lems and opportunities of the field 
are discussed and personnel assign- 
ments are made to the various sta- 
tions. This year my husband, Jim, 
shared messages from the Word. It 
was a great week of visiting with all 
our Africa missionaries, most of 
whom we knew personally. Such a 
privilege to be with them! 

We watched Panzet Pierre, an 
African surgical nurse, perform an 


Helping build a structure 

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LeftifThe local baker 

Mail delivery 

clothes, and babies in the streams; 
ironing with charcoal irons; earning 
money from the gardens; and sell- 
ing chickens or livestock in the 
market. A radio is a prized posses- 

Tribal rituals still exert influ- 
ence, and there is a high rate of il- 
literacy, although government 
schools are starting in many villages. 

Missionary Life 

Missionary life means limited 
electricity from generators; boiling 
all water (when it's available); shop- 
ping in the "gala" and learning to 
use African foods and meats; ac- 
cepting malaria and parasites as 
everyday occurrences; living in ade- 
quate homes with concrete floors, 
metal roofs, and screened windows 
with wooden louvers instead of 
glass; using a wringer washer and 
trying to get clothes dry in the 
rainy season, extreme heat and 
humidity, or a hot and dusty dry 
season; and no telephone, just the 
morning and evening report on the 
field shortwave radio. 

Do these sound like negatives? 
They're just differences. The foods 
need to be washed carefully, but 
the meals are well-balanced and 
nutritious. With no electricity you 
go to bed early and get up early. 

There is much more family time 
without the activities and distrac- 
tions of the "civilized" world. The 

Children are the same the world over. 

couples we talked to all said that 
Africa was a great place to raise 
children, even If it's sometimes 
necessary to send them away to 

Mail time is very important to 
the missionaries. Everything stops 
when the mail arrives, and it's read 
on the spot. How very necessary it 
is for us here at home to be very 
faithful in writing to them. 

Do they get lonely? Sure, at 
times. Wouldn't you? They experi- 
ence inconveniences and adjust- 
ments and stressed relationships. 
But they keep on because God has 
called them and given them a work 
to do for His glory. 


What are the African people 
like? They are warm, friendly, open 
to the Gospel, teachable, primitive 
but mostly clean In appearance, lov- 
ing parents, receptive to lessons on 
hygiene and medical treatment— a 
people for whom Christ died. 

"And how shall they hear with- 
out a preacher?" (Rom. 10:14). 
That was the real burden of our 
hearts when we returned home. We 
pray the Lord of the harvest that 
He will send forth laborers Into the 
fields that are white already unto 
harvest (Matt. 9:38, John 4:35). 

Dare we let this harvest season 
pass? ■ 


JUNE '82 

Puerto Rico: 

by Nora Macon 
with Norman Schrock 

Why choose a city for your next trip? 
Choose a whole island. Puerto Rico— the land 
of palm trees gently swaying in the warm 
breeze, historical landmarks, modern sky- 
scrapers. A blend of Spanish and American— 
uniquely Puerto Rican. 

If this sounds like a travel brochure, it very 
well could be. But missionary Norm Schrock 
has another view of the island-four million 
people needing to hear the Good News of 
Jesus Christ. 

Let me share with you a conversation I had 
with Norm when he was visiting Winona Lake. 

Norm, what do you see as one of the great- 
est needs of Puerto Rico? 

Basically, two big needs exist on the island. 
First, we need pastors! We do have some men 
that are trained and know the Bible. They can 
teach it, but they have not been trained for 
the pastorate as such. We need men trained 
to be pastors. Our second need is for mission- 
aries. We need more missionaries! 

Let's talk about the first need. Why is it so 
important to have a Puerto Rican pastor? 

We have a little group of people that wants 
to grow but has no local men to lead it. The 
only way a Puerto Rican church will really 
grow is to have a Puerto Rican man leading. 

How do you plan to train a man to be a 

The only way we can do it right now is by 
one-on-one discipleship. Since Puerto Rico 
doesn't have a Bible Institute or seminary, 
we'll have to start from scratch. That means I 
will have to teach the man and give him on- 
the-job training. We'll go through the theo- 
logical syllabi that I'm translating now. We'll 
study that material so the pastor will have a 
good theological understanding of Scripture. 
Evangelism courses will teach him how to 
evangelize and how to teach others to evan- 

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What about on-the-job training? 

During the next four years I will betaking 
the man with nne as I go about the week's 
activities in the church program and have him 
decide things with me, I'll be delegating him 
responsibilities. There's a particular man I 
have in mind, and if he becomes the pastor, 
he would start as the Sunday school teacher. 
Then he'd become the Bible teacher on 
Wednesday nights. 

And so you ask me what I'm going to do 
with all that free time. Well, I'll be preparing 
materials to teach him. I'll be a pastor and a 
seminary teacher at the same time. Hopefully, 
as my term comes to an end, he would be re- 
sponsible for the major part of the ministry in 
the church, and I'd have the minor part. When 
I'd come back from furlough, he'd be in 
charge totally. 

Do you foresee working with just one man 
or could several be involved? 

There is a possibility of working with three 
or four men. In four years four men would be 
capable of working in a church. All of them 
could have a Bible study somewhere. The 
most practical thing at this time is to have one 
or two men, but I see that three or four could 
be trained in this manner. I'm praying now 
and asking people to pray that God will not 
only touch the heart of one of these men to 
be the pastor, but maybe all of them. 

You are our only missionary on the island, 
but why are more needed if there's only one 
Grace Brethren church? 

Missionaries are needed to help get other 
works going, so we can see a ministry going 
on beyond the San Juan area. We have two 
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(Continued from page 9) 

Puerto Rican couples that are definitely com- 
mitted to having a Brethren church estab- 
lished in Mayaguez. But the problem is that 
when I'm in San Juan I can't be in Mayaguez. 

That makes sense. 

Right. And if I spend too much time in 
Mayaguez trying to get them developed, then 
I will be neglecting the ministry in San Juan 
and it will slow down. My priority now is San 
Juan; I have to dedicate most of my time 
there. So the best way to see them grow 
would be to have another missionary couple 
working with them. 

Could more than two couples be effective- 
ly used on the island? 

Oh, definitely! We have some contacts in 
Ponce, for example, that said they would be 
interested in having us start Bible classes 
there. There would be the possibility of start- 
ing something in Arecibo, which is just north 
of Ponce on the other coast. If we had four 
solid churches going (Mayaguez, San Juan, 
Ponce, and Arecibo), we'd have what makes 
up a district in the United States. 

Since the island is so small (35 miles by 
100 miles), would there be a need for several 

Areawise, the maximum distance between 
one church and another would be 15 miles 
without getting into the next church's area. 
So each church would have a diameter of 
thirty miles in which to work, which isn't too 
big! With those diameters, you've virtually 
covered the island of Puerto Rico. And yet 
four million people need to be reached on the 

How large is San Juan? Is there room for 
other GBCs in that city? 

Yes! San Juan is a city of about 1 million 
and a half people. Even though the Lord used 
me to help get the church going, if the present 
church became self-supporting, I wouldn't 
move. All I'd have to do is go five miles the 
other direction (10 miles from the church) to 
get another church going. Yet we're talking 
about two different areas of people. San Juan 
is divided into little areas. 


Right. So we could go into one suburb with 
one church, go into another with another 
church, and we'd be reaching two entirely dif- 
ferent groups of people. In San Juan I could 
visualize our easily having five churches. We 

could use another missionary couple in San 
Juan. We live in the southwest end of the city. 
Another missionary family could live on the 
northeast end; we'd be close enough to en- 
courage each other but not get into each 
other's hair. When you have a million and a 
half people, that's a lot of people to share. 

Is Mayaguez a good size? 

Mayaguez is a city of 100,000— another 
good-sized city to work with. Ponce is a city 
of 150,000. Arecibo is around 175,000. These 
are fairly large cities that we could start with, 
then branch out into the island. 

What are some things that we can specifi- 
cally pray for? 

Pray for one man (at least) to have the de- 
sire to be a pastor, specifically the pastor in 
San Juan. Also pray for other missionary 
couples to join us in Puerto Rico. One, two, 
three, or four missionaries could easily be 
used. The way I visualize it, if we had five 
missionary couples in Puerto Rico right now, 
ten years from now, we'd all leave. The 
Puerto R leans would carry on their own 
work. I'd love to be able to say, "Well, here 
we are ten years later. We've finished our 
work, now Puerto Rico's on its own." But we 
don't have the five, so ... . 

How can we pray for the Schrocks? 

Pray for the missionaries who are on the 
mission field alone. We are the only mission- 
aries on the island, and it can get discourag- 
ing. Sometimes you need that objective look 
from someone else because you're so close to 
the problems of the mission field that you 
need somebody a little bit farther away from 
your situation to objectively evaluate what's 
going on. When you're so close to it, you 
could become narrow-minded to the problem 
and not think objectively, and that becomes a 

Pray that we will be sensitive to the Holy 
Spirit's direction and not look so much to the 
problem but look to the Lord who is the solu- 
tion to the problem. Some missionaries have 
lost their effectiveness by looking at the prob- 
lem too much and not to the Lord. We don't 
want to fall into that trap, so be praying for 
us. Gracias! ■ 

(FMS editor-Norm and Claudia Sc/irock have com- 
pleted their first term of service in Puerto Rico and 
are in the states on furlough. The Schrocks live in San 
Juan and work in a Spanish-speaking ministry. They 
have two children, Peter and Caryn.) 


JUNE '82 


Good Things Come in Small Packages 

by Walt and Alys Haag 

What's that little building over 
there? A church! Hmmmm, looks 
pretty small, but then you know 
what they say, "Good things come 
in small packages." 

This is particularly true in En- 
senada, Mexico. About three years 
ago your missionaries to Mexico 
began a small mission in this town. 
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stature, especially compared to 
Walt HaagI But we are all the same 
size in the Lord's eyes. 

Everyone works well together 
for God In Ensenada. Walt works 
with two men, Pablo and Alejo, 
who are leaders in the church. They 
share responsibilities in a very 
loving manner as they grow. 

Yes, this is a small church in 
many respects, but the Lord is 
working in the people and through 
the people. Others are coming to 
know Him! Big things are happen- 

Pray for continued growth, not 
in stature, but in quality and quan- 
tity of believers in the Ensenada 
group. ■ 

lot and, in order to hold possession, 
put up a tiny package of a building 
on the corner. And it is small ! 

Inside the building good things 
were happening for the Lord, and 
the group outgrew the building. So 
they built a structure nearly twice 
the size. The other building is now 
used for junior church. 

Let's go inside and look at this 
little church. The pulpit and the 
benches in the auditorium are 
smaller than normal size, but the 
people seem to fit into them well. 
By the time the service begins, al- 
most all the pews are filled. Average 
attendance for all services is 35, and 
it's still growing. 

The Mexicans here are small of 

Top: Pablo, Walt, and Alejo stand beside the little pulpit. 

Center: The Ensenada church. 

Bottom: People gather for a Sunday evening service. 


JUNE '82 


Orange City, Florida 

c^ diimats. jox ^xoujtn 

by Rev. Kenneth Koontz, Pastor 
Calvary Grace Brethren Church 
Orange City, Florida 

Warm weather, lots of sunshine, 
and underground springs— an out- 
standing climate for growth. Right? 
Combine it with a picturesque set- 
ting, rolling countryside, palm and 
citrus trees and a small-town-pace 
with big-town-advantages, you're 
correct, especially if you are refer- 
ring to the Calvary Grace Brethren 
Church in Orange City, Florida. 

Located on Interstate 4, between 
Daytona Beach and Orlando, the 
church is the result of the concern 
of Rev. Kenneth Wilt, the vision of 
Pastor Ed Jackson, and the ministry 
of Dr. H. W. Koontz. A unique 
group of God-led people stepped 
out in faith, have been blessed 
abundantly and it has resulted in an 
attitude of warm love. Believer 

unity and a giving attitude have all 
been cultivated in good soil for a 
growing church. 

The church began with a Sunday 
afternoon service in the home of 
Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Hecker in 
January 1981 . The following March, 
a full schedule of Sunday services 
began. By August 1981, in a great 
step of faith, the core of eight adult 
members had called Pastor Kenneth 
Koontz as their first full-time 

The group entrusted God to en- 
able them to carry the full load of 
support, along with help from the 
Florida District Mission Board and 
the Brethren Home Missions 
Council, which began assistance in 
January 1982. As a result, God was 
faithful in enabling the Calvary 
Grace Brethren Church to finish the 
year in the black. 

As the church began to grow, it 

soon became evident that meeting 
in a home would no longer be ade- 
quate. In a series of special events, 
the Lord led the nucleus of be- 
lievers to a meeting place in the 
Lankford Orange City Chapel, a 
funeral home which is adequate, 
conveniently located and free. 

Growth challenges have been 
numerous, as each month God has 
sent a new family to begin worship- 
ing and sharing spiritual blessings. 
The most recent challenge concerns 
land for a future church building. 
Negotiations are under way for a 
7.2 acre plot of land located on the 
outskirts of Orange City. Once 
again, the people have trusted the 
Lord to enable them to give over 
and above their regular giving to 
make the purchase a reality. 

The Orange City community 
presents many great challenges. 
Located in the heart of a five-city 


JUNE "82 


area that already totals thousands 
of people, the population is grow- 
ing rapidly as people from the 
North, as well as from southern 
Florida, discover the advantages of 
the area's agreeable climate, less 
crowded conditions and its central 
location to many of Florida's at- 

But the forces of Satan battle 
constantly. Struggles of establish- 
ing this new church have included 
attacks to each family in varying 
ways and degrees. God has per- 
mitted these stresses and problems 
in order to grow a stronger, fruit- 
bearing tree. 

How can you help cultivate the 
growth of this GBC? Each day, as 
you drink your breakfast orange 
juice, pray for this group of be- 
lievers in Orange City. Attempting 
to establish a Grace Brethren 
Church in an area that knows noth- 
ing about Grace Brethren doctrine 
presents obvious struggles. Minis- 
tering from door to door needs 
special prayer. 
Please pray: 
•That God will direct in all con- 
tacts and use the church's Gospel 
message brochure to convict in- 
dividuals of their need of Christ. 

• For our program of discipling men 
in preparation for the eldership 

• For new families in a spiritual 
growth study. 

•Concerning the Lord's leading in 
the important matter of the land 
•That if the 7.2 acres become a 
reality, the Lord will enable the 
group to pay it off quickly so that 
the church building can be con- 
structed soon. 
Whether you live in Florida, or 
are just visiting, come worship and 
grow with the congregation. Come 
prepared to exercise your faith as 
you see the Lord working in a 
growing church. The church meets 
in the Lankford Orange City Chapel, 
located beside the post office. Or, 
give the pastor a call at 904/ 
789-6512. ■ 


Is With 
the Lord 

Alta E. Poland, wife of Frank Poland, former Breth- 
ren Home Missions Council staff member, went to be 
with her Lord on March 17, 1982. She had been in fail- 
ing health with a weakened heart for nearly two years. 

Born in Mt. Gilead, Ohio, on February 10, 1918, she 
and Frank were married on October 29, 1937, in Johns- 
ville, Ohio. They have one son, Larry, of San Bernar- 
dino, California, who is on staff of Campus Crusade for 

"From the immaculate and orderly keeping of the 
house, to the culinary artistry which made her pies the 
rave of the neighborhood, to the love and care she 
lavished on her mother and her two men, Alta exempli- 
fied the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31 ," her son said in 
a tribute during the memorial service on Saturday, 
March 20, at the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, 
Winona Lake, Indiana. 

The home was where she concentrated her physical, 
emotional and spiritual efforts in all godliness and 
Christlikeness. The church was also an important part of 
her life. With Frank, she joined the Winona Lake church 
in 1950 and was active, as time and strength allowed, in 
Sunday school. Vacation Bible School, Women's Mis- 
sionary Council, and as a long-term deaconess. 

Her professional life as an executive secretary found 
her working for such organizations asOMS International, 
Winona Lake Christian Assembly, Grace Schools, Lam- 
bert Huffman Publishers and Ken Anderson Films, as 
well as other secular employers. 

As a woman of God, Mrs. Poland was given to much 
prayer and persistent witnessing to her own family 
about the things of the Bible. She had the special privi- 
lege of being God's instrument to lead her future hus- 
band and her own son to the Lord. 

Pastor Charles Ashman conducted the memorial ser- 
vice, assisted by Pastor Galen Lingenfelter of the Fort 
Wayne, Indiana, First Brethren Church. Interment was 
in Oakwood Cemetery, Warsaw, Indiana. ■ 

S=^==^^^^^= BHIVIC JUNE 82 13^ 

Hecognized Tor 'Zb Years ot bervice 

Dr. Pifer recognizes Mrs. Figert's faithful service with a small gift from the Council. 

Mrs. Bill (Florence) Figert was 
recognized for her 25 years of serv- 
ice to the Brethren Home Missions 
Council, Inc., during a staff get-to- 
gether early in March. 

It was in December 1956 when 
she approached Dr. Lester E. Pifer, 
then assistant executive secretary, 
following a service in the Johns- 
town, Pennsylvania, First Brethren 

Church. "I asked him if there were 
any jobs here," she recalls. Al- 
though there weren't any at the 
time, he said he would keep her in 
mind. Within two months, he con- 
tacted her and offered her a secre- 
tarial position with the Council. 
"Then I got scared," she says with a 

"I felt full-time Christian service 
was what I wanted," she continues. 
"I wanted to work for the Lord." 
But working for the Lord meant a 
450-mile move and living alone, 
something she did in March 1957. 
She worked for Home Missions for 
nearly eight years before taking her 
present secretarial position with the 
Brethren Investment Foundation. 

She met her husband, Bill, six 
months after she moved to Winona 
Lake. They have one daughter, Mrs. 
Mitchell (Debbie) Beam, and a one- 
year-old granddaughter. Cherish. 

Any regrets? "No," she says. 
"I'm real glad I came." ■ 

Pioneer Missionary 
to Navajos Dies 

"Only about 2 percent of these 
people profess to know our Lord, 
and comparatively few have heard 
of Him," wrote Dorothy Dunbar 
in the June 12, 1948, issue of the 
Brethren Missionary Herald. "These 
people must be reached with the 
Gospel, 'for how shall they believe 
in him of whom they have not 
heard?' " 

With a deep love for the Navajo 
people. Miss Dunbar left the com- 
forts of her home in Long Beach, 
California, to establish the Grace 
Brethren testimony to the Indians 
in June of 1947 at Counselor, New 
Mexico. Her ministry there was 
only a few short years, but because 
of it, a thriving mission school and 
church-planting ministry exist to- 

Even after she left the Mission 
in January 1951, it was a concern 
that she carried with her until her 
death at the age of 68 on March 1 

"To reach these people with the 
Gospel, it is necessary to go where 

Mrs. Chet (Rael McCall (standing, left) and Mrs. Max (Elaine Polman) Brenne- 
man (right) visited w/ith Dorothy Dunbar (center) and two Navajo Indians. 

they are," Miss Dunbar wrote in a 
1947 l-lerald issue. And go where 
they were, she did. Initially, she 
lived alone in a small trailer at the 
edge of the reservation, far from 
the comforts of civilization. With 
some brief training as a medical 
laboratory technician, she was able 
to do limited medical work in an ef- 
fort to win an open door to the 
Navajo people. 

"She was a hardworking gal," 

recalls Mrs. Max (Elaine) Brenne- 
man, a longtime friend. "She sowed 
the seed and made the contacts. 
Her heart was really with the 

Leaving the Mission in early 
1951, Miss Dunbar worked at a 
Navajo school in Farmington, New 
Mexico, and later lived in Colorado 
where she cooked for a college. She 
returned to California when her 
health began to fail. ■ 


JUNE '82 


Accomplishing God's Goal 

by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Executive Secretary 
Brethren Home Missions Council 

God has a divine plan for all His 
people. The nation of Israel was 
divinely chosen in Abraham to es- 
tablish His testimony and to bring 
blessing to all nations. In each of 
the dispensations of the past, God 
moved in a unique manner to ac- 
complish His goal v\/ith Israel. Very 
graciously. He gave His plan, direc- 
tion, blessing and even harsh judg- 
ment to accomplish His purpose. 

Israel, plagued by sin, selfishness 
and rebellion against God, was dealt 
with severely on many occasions. 
They never seemed to learn. 
Though divinely chosen (Deut. 
7:6), God demanded from them 
their love, allegiance, and obedience. 
In the crisis following Moses' Mt. 
Sinai experience, we see the wrath 
of God revealed. In Exodus, chap- 
ter 32, we see them guilty of im- 
patience (v. 1), impropriety (vv. 
2-4), impairment (v. 5), idolatry (v. 
6), and gross immorality (v. 6). God 
was so angry that He threatened to 
exterminate the whole race and 
start over (Exod. 32:9-10). 

Nehemiah also supplies reasons 
for God's displeasure with Israel. In 
chapter 13 he points up their lack 
of separation, their uncleanness, 
their failure to properly tithe, the 
desecration of the Sabbath, and 
finally their unscriptural marriages. 
The principle is clear, disobedience 
and unfaithfulness are sins that God 
cannot tolerate. However, in spite 
of their sins, God's promises to this 
nation still prevail. His movements, 
whether in sovereign grace or in 
judgment, go to a nation that He 
loves and desires to use for His 
glory. "Now all these things hap- 
pened unto them for ensamples: 
and they are written for our ad- 
monition . . ." (1 Cor. 10:11). 

The Apostle Paul carefully out- 
lined God's purpose .for His New 
Testament church in Ephesians 
3:9-11 and in Colossians chapter 1. 
God's church was first of ail to 

bring glory to God. It was to follow 
the mandate of Christ, its Head, in 
fulfillment of the Great Commis- 
sion—taking the Gospel to the lost 
everywhere. It was to be a deposi- 
tory for the truth, an organism of 
living epistles (examples) of what 
God's grace in salvation can pro- 
duce in a sinful world. It was to 
recognize the headship of Christ, to 
follow the leadership of the Holy 
Spirit, and to obey God's Word. 

Along with the positive admoni- 
tions for the church came also the 
negatives. Through His Word, the 
church has been repeatedly warned 
to forsake sin, its disobedience and 
its worldliness, which grieve the 
Holy Spirit. God's displeasure with 
the church and its lack of love is re- 
vealed in His message to the seven 
churches of Revelation. To the Co- 
rinthian church He said, "For this 
cause many are weak and sickly 
among you, and many sleep. For if 
we would judge ourselves, we 
should not be judged. But when we 
are judged, we are chastened of the 
Lord, that we should not be con- 
demned with the world" (1 Cor. 

At the 1979 national conference 
in Florida, our moderator, Dr. 
David Hocking, pointed out seven 
"Church Growth Diseases in Reach- 
ing People," and seven "Church 
Growth Diseases in Growing Chur- 
ches." All of us were convicted as 
we searched our own hearts, our 
churches and our ministries. Like 
Israel of Old Testament times, we 
are so prone to follow the flesh 
rather than the Spirit and the Word. 

The church is God's agency to 
evangelize the world. The Holy 
Spirit brought the church into 
being and dwells within it to carry 
out God's work of reaching the 
lost. Christ has been given church 
headship to accomplish this. The 
Great Commission is the plan for 
procedure, we, the membership, are 
the agents, the ambassadors, the 
living examples to carry it out. 

The adversary, the devil, has 

trained his united and highly 
organized forces against us. He 
would delight to thwart the pur- 
pose of God in this world. He 
would destroy every last effort to 
reach the lost souls with the 
Gospel. He would make every 
effort to ruin the testimony of 
every child of God. Causing the 
church to fail to achieve God's pur- 
pose today is his goal. 

The Brethren Home Missions 
Council is chiefly concerned with 
church planting in North America. 
Our desire is to carry out God's 
purpose to the best of our ability. 
We are building into every church 
the ingredients which God has given, 
to see strong, active, godly churches 
develop that honor and preach His 
Word. The Great Commission is our 
mandate. Following its directives, it 
is our plan to evangelize, baptize 
and "disciplize." We want to reach 
the lost with the love and compas- 
sion that Jesus displayed on earth. 

Though our ministry is and 
should be planting new churches, 
we are concerned about former 
home missions churches and estab- 
lished churches that have experi- 
enced difficulties in their growth 
process. The reestablishment of 
churches like Bethlehem, Pennsyl- 
vania; North Lauderdale, Florida; 
Vandalia, Ohio; and Lansing, Mich- 
igan, are good examples. The 
BHMC is a service mission to the 
FGBC and stands ready to assist. 
We need your prayers for wisdom 
on how to proceed, your support 
for the monetary assistance, and 
your cooperation and love for those 
in need. 

When churches fail we must seek 
out the cause. God never intended 
His agency should come short of 
His stated purpose. His Son and 
Spirit are grieved when the whole 
process of growth ceases. Let us 
prayerfully examine each of our 
hearts, our desires, our commit- 
ments to determine how actively 
we can contribute to the success of 
God's church on earth. ■ 


JUNE '82 


by Rev. James Fredericks 

Pastor, Grace Brethren Church 
Montclair, California 

Man has built into his constitution a desire 
to be involved in something significant, mean- 
ingful and purposeful. Unfortunately sin has 
distorted our perspective so we tend to focus 
on what is showy and externally significant. 
Luke 11 teaches the highest activity of the 
human soul-PRAYER. Man is at his greatest 
and highest when he is on his knees, alone, 
face to face with the Living God. This is the 
real test of a man's spiritual fiber; private 
prayer, which strips away all the external 
showiness of Christianity. 

In verse 1 , we again see Jesus as the perfect 
model. As He prayed. His disciples watched 
and listened. I would have loved to have been 
there! I can imagine that their sense of the 
"otherness" of God coupled with their own 
sinful defilement was greatly heightened as 

they contrasted their prayer lives with His 
matchless life. Jesus went to God so naturally, 
just like an earthly son communing with his 
father. The disciples longed for that kind of 
intimacy in prayer. They knew they could be 
satisfied with nothing less! Is that the longing 
of your heart today? 

The first thing that arrests our attention is 
the model prayer (vv. 2-4) which begins so un- 
like our own. We rush into God's presence and 
dump all our needs on Him. Jesus encourages 
us to ask for our own good (vv. 3-4), but only 
after we first pray for God's glory (v. 2). Let's 
look at the three strands of thought in this 
prayer for God's glory. 

stands for all that is revealed about God. We 
first pray that God might be set apart in our 
lives to be adored and loved. There is no 
greater principle than this in the Christian 


JUNE '82 


life! "As the deer pants for the water brooks, 
so my soul pants for Thee, God" (Ps. 
40:1) should be the constant prayer on our 
lips. When we pray, first, marvel at His great- 
ness, majesty, holiness, love, kindness, mercy, 
faithfulness. Never stop thirsting to know 
Him in a fuller, more perfect way. 


we are lost in the wonder of His unfathom- 
able person, then we are fit to be involved in 
the furtherance of His great kingdom pro- 
gram. There is that future aspect, the deep 
longing for the coming of His literal kingdom 
on earth. But also the present aspect as we see 
the rule and reign of God gain full sway over 
our own hearts, and pray and labor to see 
others brought into a similar way of life. 


These two grand streams of prayer intersect in 
the phrase, "Thy will be done." What is God's 
will. His purpose for us? It is that all the earth 
might "give glory to the Lord, and declare His 
praise in the coastlands" (Isa. 42;12). As I 
adore God's person and advance God's pro- 
gram, I will accomplish God's purpose be- 
cause these are the very two reasons that God 
has left you and me upon the face of the 
earth! Do we have an all-consuming, ever- 
burning passion to know the God of the Word 
in all the fullness of His greatness and 
majesty? Do we long to be used as mighty 
channels to magnify His precious name to the 
ends of the world? This is what it means to 

pray for God's glory. This is where all true 
prayer mtvsf begin. 

In verses 11-13, Jesus shows us why be- 
lievers cen confidently ask and know that 
prayers will be answered— God's loving 
Fatherhood. We cannot even imagine a 
normal human father treating a son like this, 
so how much more confidence we can have in 
our Heavenly Father whose heart toward us is 
generous, full of tender love! We are not 
wringing gifts from an unwilling ogre, but go- 
ing to one who delights in abundantly supply- 
ing our needs. 

Come to God, beloved by Him, with your 
many requests and lay them all before your 
Father with confidence. But remember, 
prayer is so much more than just asking. 
Pressed by the urgency of my human cares, 
pressed by a crushing sense of my personal 
need, I am prone to rush into the presence of 
God, and dump my requests out in a torrent 
of words. Jim, wait! "Be still, and know that I 
am God." Take time to sense the comfort of 
His everlasting arms closely wrapped around 
you, to enjoy the rapture of a growing sense 
of intimacy with the thrice holy God, to 
marvel that He is my Heavenly Father who 
delights for me to come near Him in prayer 
Ah, the wonder of prayer! That Jim Freder- 
icks, such as I am, can come confidently into 
the presence of a person such as this! Be 
gripped by the awesome privilege we have 
through prayer to come personally into the 
very presence of the Living God. 

How is your prayer life? ■ 



Begin with 


on Home Missions Day 

at National Conference 

7:15 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 3, 1982 
Marriott's Rancho Las Palmas Resort 

Please reserve 

tickets for the Brethren 

Home Missions Council Breakfast on Tuesday, 
Aug. 3, 1982. 



Do not send money. 

Tickets available at Conference hospitality booth. 
Estimated cost is $5 per person. Send reserva- 
tions to BHMC prior to June 30, 1982. 

Brethren Home Missions Council 

Box 587 

Winona Lalce, Ind. 46590 

iS^=^S BHIVIC JUNE 82 17i^ 


Above: Rev. John Zielasko, of Grace Brethren 

Foreign Missions, shares the missionary 

responsibility of the local church with the pastors. 

Right: Pastor Timothy George, of the Myerstown, 

GBC staff, explains the registration packet to Pastor 

Steven Figley, of the Sebring, Fla., GBC. 

Rev. Bill Schaffer looks on. 

Above: With pen poised. Pastor Duane Jones, of 

the Gold Rush Community GBC, Auburn, Calif., 

listens closely to a session. 

Workshop— a seminar or series of 
meetings for intensive study, work, 
discussion, and so forth, in some 
field (Webster's New World Dic- 

Grace Brethren Pastors' Work- 
shop—encouragement, addressing 
the issues, interaction, reevaluation 
of priorities, fellowship, a great 
moving of the Holy Spirit (from 
those who attended). 

Once a year, the Brethren Home 
Missions Council sponsors two pas- 
tors' workshops, one in the East 
and one in the West. But this year, 
it was combined into one session at 

the Myerstown, Pennsylvania, 
Grace Brethren Church. On March 
9, 10, and 11, more than 200 pas- 
tors gathered for a time of learning, 
as well as spiritual renewal and re- 

During the evening Bible hour. 
Rev. James Custer, of the Worthing- 
ton, Ohio, GBC, challenged pastors 
and members of the Myerstown 
church, who were attending, to fol- 
low the Great Commission. In the 
quiet moments that followed his 
messages, many decisions were 
made, not only for rededication, 
but also for salvation. 

Rev. John Willett, also of the 
Worthington, Ohio, church, encour- 
aged pastors to practice lifestyle 
evangelism, often highlighting his 
talks with personal experiences. 
Rev. Luke Kauffman, senior pastor 
of the Myerstown church, reaffirmed 
his commitment to the heritage of 
the Grace Brethren Fellowship. 

The three-day session was led off 
by an all-day Bill Gothard Pastors' 
Seminar. The Brethren men were 
joined by about 1,300 other pastors 
from the East Coast. 

Special sessionswere also planned 
for the wives, including a shopping 
trip to the Reading, Pennsylvania, 
outlet stores during the Gothard 

Looking back, how does one de- 
fine the 1982 pastors' workshop? 
As a terrific moving of the Spirit, 
most would say. God blessed during 
the week and many pastors were 
encouraged in their ministries. ■ 


JUNE '82 



isn't always a 
pleasant business . . . 

But seriously folks- 

The growing church faces problems. Overcrowded sanctuaries. Lack of facilities. Non-existent 
parking space. Growth is often the only way a church can continue to function effectively. But 
expansion is frequently out of the small churches' grasp due to sky-high interest rates. 

We at the BIF are doing our best to eliminate that problem. By offering our growth loans ex- 
clusively to Grace Brethren Churches at 3%-5% below the usual rate, we can literally save a 
church hundreds of thousands of dollars. 

The BIF stands for a dynamic Grace Brethren Fellowship. Invest in an outreach. Invest in the 
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Teacher Development Seminar 

Five divisions, the new and inspiring sessions , 
in the new learning-research arm of Scripture 
Press— preschool, children, youth, adult, ad- 1 

Pastoral Care 

Bellflower GBC with leader Edwin Cashman 
sharing their proven workshop, "The Caring , 

Church Growth Workshops 

Youth Track 

Excellence in this important church area—' 
for all sponsors, youth leaders, parents 

* About 150 are going to 
serve TIME— Training In 
Missionary Endeavor— this 
summer, and we are de- 
lighted, hoping many will 
follow the pattern of return- 
ing for full-time ministries in 
the future. 

*Many of our churches are es- 
tablishing Adult Bible Fel- 
lowship caring plans and see- 
ing love and ministry blos- 
som better in this shepherd- 
ing program. 

*Judy Ashman is now Judy 
Ashman Fairman, and still 
our director of SMM for 
girls, a great program of 
ministry. We are happy in 
her new joy. 

*CE directors and other work- 
shop leaders presented seven 
"Church and Family Minis- 
tries" this conference year. 

helping train and motivate 
leaders for the vital areas of 
local ministries. 

*Over 1100 are expected 
again for the 1982 version 
of Brethren National Youth 
Conference at Biola in Cali- 
fornia. The week is packed 
with learning and maturing 

*The completion of our 
second full year of the Mon- 
day evening Christian ed 
course at Grace Seminary 
has been most gratifying for 
us because of student re- 

*Two "Operation Barnabas" 
teams head west this sum- 
mer for ministry in churches 
by encouragement. The 
"Nehemiah" project in 
Brazil is a first, to build. 
Thanks for daily prayers! 

Care: by God, and People, too^. 

This poem by Bob Motter is a 

tribute to agape love and 

witness, and was written after 

special emotional and spiritual 

healing brought to Bob, who 

spent years 21-28 hospitalized 

for emotional needs. He is 

now active in a Grace Brethren 

church and helps Jane direct 

"Rebound," a group to equip 


Are you lonely? 
Are you blue? 
Do you know 
God loves you. 

Are you unhappy? 
Do you rue 
Your way of life? 
God loves you— 

There was a Price. 
A payment due. 
The cost high. 
God loves you. 

I was the same. 
Exactly like you. 
Until Jane said 
God loves you. 

DIRECTORS: Knute Larson, president; Ed Lewis, Jud 
(Ashman) Fairman, Kevin Huggins. 

BOARD OF OVERSEERS: John Willett, chairma 
Bernie Simmons, vice chairman; David Plaster, secretar 
Ed Cashman and Galen Wiley, members at large. 

hoping to help in Christian ed, youth, and church growth 

Would you like to call home? 

One of the nicest things anyone ever does for me (are 
you ready for the hint?) when I'm away from home (which 
is as infrequently as I can) for any period of time (two days 
is a bit too long), is to offer me a telephone for a quick call 
home to say hello. 

It's a gesture of love. It makes my evening. 

Often I'll do it collect too, but it's just nice when other 
people see that same need. 

"Have a few minutes with your wife or husband on us," 
never gets refused when we have guests. 

Our call in CE is from the Lord and to each other— to 
not only witness to the non-churched, but build the newer 
Christian. Easily forgotten, it is a very important part of the 
Great Commission. It is the last third, the lasting career 

I think of the high privilege it is to introduce people to 
Jesus Christ and help them to learn to pray and know His 
Word. One of our commitments as Christians is to help 
others learn to pray and read the Word. It is a high privilege. 
But I must remind myself to offer the joy and do my part 
in teaching it. 

Paul scolds believers who were still sponging after four 

years of being Christians. "By this time you ought to be 
teachers," he said. "Come on and get off the milk and onto 
strong food" (Heb. 5:12-14, second quote paraphrased). 

Churches are doing things like this to help people call 
home more often: 

•/Having classes called "Foundations" or "Basics" to teach 
how to pray and do basic Bible study. (Way too often 
we assume people already know how.) 

•/Encouraging everyone in the church to "encourage one 
another day after day" (Heb. 3:13)— to admonish or 
comfort or teach others— to know and do the Scriptures. 
This will involve praying together too! 

•/ Teaching children how to pray and demonstrating and 
getting them involved in children's church prayers and 
worship songs. 

•/Following up a person's commitment to trust and follow 
Christ with one-on-one teaching on salvation, baptism, 
and the basics of the Christian life, which includes pray- 

•/ Having seminars on prayer for believers. 

Happy Father's Day! 


What a significant luxury of 
grace it is to be a father. 
A part of me and a part of mine cre- 
ated ours, thanks to God's miracle 
. . . and I cried when I saw her both 

A man is reduced to tears when 
he sees his child. It is overwhelming. 
How can it be that with so little part 
I get to be called "Daddy, Father." 

I am belittled and enlarged 
at once, God, 

That you should give me this— 
this child- 
Chip off me 
Joy of my life 
Believer in me 

She says, "My Daddy says .... 

and I get scared 

and watch what I say. 

She does "How Daddy does this' 

and I inspect 

and guard what I do. 

God, what kind of a man 
can be your man 
for a job this big? 

Show me, God. 

Show me before it is 
too late. 

I am belittled and enlarged 
at once, God, 

That you should give me this- 
this child. 

Thank you. 





D Dr. John C. Whitcomb will be giving a series of lec- 
tures June 28 through July 9 at the Grace Brethren 
Church, 531 Marion Ave., Mansfield, Ohio (Layman's 
Bible Institute). J. Hudson Thayer, pastor. 

D The Lansing Grace Brethren Church enjoyed the 
ministry of Mrs. Lorine McGuyre in early March. Re- 
tired from Christian school service in California, she is 
now ministering in Christian schools and Brethren 
churches on a part-time basis holding seminars and 
using her talent as a story teller. She and her husband 
are members of the Montclair Grace Brethren Church, 
Montclair, Calif. Gerald Polman, pastor. 

n Delegate credential forms for national conference 
have been mailed to all churches. They should be re- 
turned by July 15, with the proper fee, to the mem- 
bership committee chairman, Dennis Beach, 18007 S. 
Gerritt PL, Cerritos, Calif. 90701 . 

n Pictured are two 
workers who were 
honored recently 
for their years of 
service by the Ellet 
Grace Brethren 
Ohio, pastored by 
Gerald Teeter. On 
the left is Mrs. 
Florence Pluck 
who has served for 
52 years In the be- 
ginner department, 
and on the right is 
Mrs. Beatrice Ripple who has served for 32 years. Pas- 
tor Teeter is in the center. 

D Pastoral Potpourri-Robert Moeller has resigned at 
Alto, Mich., to accept the pastorate of the Pike 
church in Johnstown, Pa. / Daryle Emch and wife 
announce the birth of David Andrew, April 12 / 
Dennis Beach suffered a fractured vertebrae, a dis- 
located pelvis and other back injuries in early March, 
but is much improved and beginning to resume 
normal activities / Russell Betz became headmaster 
of a new "Middle School" at the GBC of Fort Lauder- 
dale, Fla. / Dale Forrest resigned from Delaware, 
Ohio, pastorate / Jon Hall became the new associate 
pastor at Westminster, Calif., GBC / Allen Herr 
joined the staff of our Grace Community Church at 
Rialto, Calif. / Mike McGinnis has been called to 
serve as associate pastor at the Los Altos, Calif. 

S= 22 JUNE 82 "'^" 

church / Chaplain John Patrick is stationed at Fort 
Sill, Okla. / Don Rager has retired from active minis- 
try / Don Weltmer has resigned from the Martins- 
burg, W. Va., church and Robert Crees is serving as 
interim pastor. 

n A special service 
was held Feb. 14 
for the presenta- 
tion of the Herald 
of Christ award pin 
to Carl Knop III. 
This is the highest 
award attainable 
by the Christian 
Service Brigade. 

Carl is an active member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Middlebranch, Ohio. Pictured, along with 
Carl, are Lowell Gerber (left), field representative of 
Christian Service Brigade and Robert Devereaux, Sr., 
who heads the local Brigade ministry. Stanley Narin, 

D Family Life Distributors have released several films 
that will be of interest to Brethren churches: A Sure 
Foundation, presenting a true-to-life drama on bibli- 
cal inerrancy; The Spirit-Controlled Temperament by 
Tim and Bev LaHaye;and a series by Dr. David Hock- 
ing: Love and Marriage and Death of a Family (see 
page 33 of the April Herald.) Any of these films may 
be rented from the Missionary Herald Co.— Phone 
toll-free for complete information— 1-800-348-2756. 

n Rev. William Schaffer was the speaker for the one- 
hundredeth anniversary celebration of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Conemaugh, Pa. 

chanae ycur annual 

Norman Johnson, SON 710, Bloco U, Casa 21 , 70000 
Brasilia, D.F., Brazil (pp. 53 and 116) • Paul Mutch- 
ler's new home telephone number is 305/764-5521 • 
Alice Peacock, 1879 Quilmes Oeste, Casilla de Correo 
52, Buenos Aires, Argentina (p. 53) • William Walker 
(as of8/1) B.P. 240, Bangui, C.A.R. • Robert Wilson, 
2723 Woodridge Court, Placerville, CA 95667 • Val- 
ley Grace Brethren Church, 2275 Gay Street, Hagers- 
town, MD 21740 • West Homer Brethren Church has 
changed its name to the Grace Brethren Church, 
Homerville, Ohio. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 
The following deaths were reported by Pastor Dave Hocking 
of the Grace Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif.: 

Man/in Phillip Bauer, Dec. 23 

Vera Burt, March 15 

Clara Fairbanks, Dec. 29 

Glenn Fleming, IVIarch 16 

Clarence Haskell, Dec. 11 

Donald Ketchum, Sr., Jan. 31 

Alma Loy, Feb. 13 

BOZE, Flora, 87, Feb. 9. She was a longtime faithful mem- 
ber of the Bethel Brethren Church, mother of Dr. Robert 
Boze, member of the board of trustees of Grace Schools; and 
grandmother of Michael Boze, faculty member at Grace Col- 
lege. Larry Edwards, pastor. 

GAYMAN, Ralph R., 85, Jan. 28., faithful member of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. 

GILMORE, Lester, 84, Jan. 24, a member of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Hemet, Calif. Sheldon Perrine, pastor. 
HALL, Ray, E., 62, March 19, a faithful member of the 
Patterson Memorial Brethren Church, Roanoke, Va., and 
brother of Pastor George W. Hall and the late Charlie Hall. 
Ron Thompson, pastor. 

HARRIS, Mrs. Nettie A., Feb. 24, faithful member of the 
Fellowship for nearly 70 years (last 20 at Grandview, Wash.). 
She was the mother of Vernon Harris, pastor of the Southern 
Lancaster (Pa.), GBC, and grandmother of Daniel White, 
pastor of the Troutdale, Oreg., GBC. 

HODSON, Jim, 82, April 1, faithful member at the Grace 
Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. Forrest Jackson, pastor. 
JONES, Howard, 74, April 7, member of the Aleppo Breth- 
ren Church, Aleppo, Pa. Stephen Roediger, pastor. 
KUHN, Pearl, 87, March 5, oldest member of the Leamers- 
ville Grace Brethren Church, Duncansville, Pa. John Gregory, 

LANDRUM, Hazel S., Jan 13, wife of longtime Kentucky 
missionary-pastor Rev. Sewell S. Landrum. For more than 
fifty years she labored with her husband in service for the 
Lord in the pastoral ministry, community service, and in a 
Bible ministry to public school children-all in Breathitt 
County, Kentucky. 

A victory-oriented funeral service was conducted at Clay- 
hole Grace Brethren Church by Rev. Clyde K. Landrum, as- 
sisted by Pastor David Schuize and Harold Paul Combs. 
OGDEN, Elsie, 87, Dec. 6, faithful member of the Lehigh 
Valley Grace Brethren Church, Bethlehem, Pa. Ronald 
Guiles, pastor. 

PARKS, Cloyd E., Nov. 30, a very faithful member of the 
Conemaugh Grace Brethren Church and cousin of Pastor 
Don Rager who had charge of the memorial service. 
PLEASANT, Dessie M. 83, March 3, faithful member of the 
Grace Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio, for 49 years. The 
memorial service was conducted by Chaplain Lee Jenkins 
(her son-in-law). Forrest Jackson, pastor. 
POLAND, Alta E., 64, March 1 7, a very faithful member of 
the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Indi- 
ana, for many years. Charles Ashman, pastor. 
SPARR, William, 34, Feb. 15, member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Meyersdale, Pa. Ray Davis, pastor. 
YOUNKIN, Henry, 94, oldest member of the Grace Brethren 
Church, Meyersdale, Pa. Pastor Michael Funderburg con- 
ducted the memorial service in the absence of Pastor Ray 


Hearty congratulations to, and may God's blessing rest upon 
these new families who join the Brethren Missionary Herald 
readership. A six-month subscription to the Herald is given to 
newlyweds, not previously subscribing, whose addresses are 
supplied by the officiating minister. The church is billed for 
the additional months to make the newlywed subscription 
expire the same time as others from the church. 

Following is a list of marriages performed at the Grace 
Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif.: 

Wendy Lindsay and Jim Webb, Jan. 9 

Lucia Tisei and Bob Parmenter, Jan. 16 

Sharon Zollars and Craig Durfey, Jan. 16 

Cindy Battenfield and John Rinks, Feb. 12 

Kathy Slosson and Warren Wolff, Feb. 13 

Diane Forbes and Tom Scott, Feb. 19 

Jennifer Miernik and Duke Hamilton, Feb. 20 
Denise Phillips and Jack Chandler, Feb. 27 
Sandy Lewisky and Jim Stewart, March 5 
Dianna Tilton and Kevin Bush, March 6 

Debbie Freelon and Robert Huffman, July 24, Grace Breth- 
ren Churchy Ashland, Ohio. 

Melanie Light and Kevin Stoner, Oct. 17, Grace Brethren 
Church, Ashland, Ohio. 

Nadine Campbell and Jim Smith, Dec. 19, Winona Lake 

Grace Brethren Church, Winona Lake, Ind. Jim's father. 

Bill Smith, officiated with Charles Ashman, assisting. 

Tammy Fast and Rick Koser, Jan. 2, Grace Brethren Church, 

Ashland, Ohio. 

Susan Ziegler and David Guiles, Jan. 2, Lehigh Valley Grace 

Brethren Church, Bethlehem, Pa. 

Vicki Daughtery and David Rannels, Jan. 20, Grace Brethren 

Church, Ashland, Ohio. 

Deborah Wimberly and Gregory Hagedorn, Jan. 30, Grace 

Brethren Church, Yucca Valley, Calif. 

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National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Men, Inc.. 

"Faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" 2 Timothy 2:2 

Attention Men! 


Soon the 1982 Summer Camping Season for your district will be here. This is one experience that is common 
to all of the districts within the Fellowship. According to the records in 1980, there were 2,402 campers in camps 
across the nation. This is indeed a significant number of young people from the churches. 

The Key to any successful camping program is a qualified, well- 
trained and prepared staff. Good directors, nice buildings, adequate 
room and facilities are all important; but the staff is still the Key to a 
successful program. 

District Summer Camping Ministries need Men— men who are willing 
to serve, give, share, teach and become involved in lives. The question 
is, "Have you personally considered your involvement in this type of 
ministry for this summer?" If not, please, please do. 

Today we read much about the need for men to become involved in 
the Lord's work and meaningful Christian service. May we take the 
liberty, and use this media to call 
men, to consider this opportunity 
and avenue of service? Thank 
you! One last point: Men, if you 
serve in a camp ministry your life 
will be challenged and blessed all in 
the same week. Why not contact 
someone this week about serving in 
camp this summer? ■ 

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— Women Manifesting Clirist — 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 



Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings 
Highway, Winona L8l<e, Indiana 46590 
(Tel. 219/267-7603) 

First Vice President 

Mrs. Robert (Althea) Miller, 5772 Karen 
Avenue, Cypress, California 90630 (Tel. 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Car- 
riage Lane, Powell, Ohio 43065 (Tel. 


Mrs. Fred (Margie) Devan, Jr., 2507 Van- 
couver Drive, N.W., Roanoke, Virginia 
24012 (Tel. 703/366-2843) 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Donald (Marilyn) Weltmer, Route 
No. 1, Box 131, Gerradstown, West 
Virginia 25420 (Tel. 304/229-3920) 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut 
Avenue, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
(Tel. 219/267-7588) 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Route No. 1, 
Box 59, Lake Odessa, Michigan 48849 
(Tel. 616/693-2315) 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route No. 8, 
Box 297, Warsaw, Indiana 46580 (Tel. 


Miss Nora Macon, P.O. Box 588, Winona 
Lake, Indiana 46590 (Tel. 219/267-7527) 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut 
Street, Troy, Ohio 45373 (Tel. 513/ 



Mssionary mnhdays 

AUGUST 1982 

Uf no address is listed, thie address will be found on pages 52 and 53 
of the 1982 Brethren Annual..^ 


Rev. Bill Burk August 5 

Mrs. Evelyn Johnson August 10 

Jeffrey Farner August 20, 1967 


Jeffrey Skeen August 4, 1980 

Kathleen Warnemuende August 16, 1981 

Kirk Immel August 26, 1968 

Mrs. Lois Belohiavek August 29 


Ginette De Armey August 12, 1970 

Miss Joyce Deacon August 22 

Rev. Dave Griffith August 26 


Rev. David Manduka August 10 


Rev. Jack Churchill August 20 


Mrs. Jane Peters August 10 

Miss Ruth Kent August 21 

Dr. Jake Kliever August 21 

Rev. Bruce Paden August 26 


Offering Opportunity 

June, July, and August are the months for our Operation 
and Publication offering. This offering allows each lady to 
help pay WMC bills. Even though there is no such thing as a 
WMC building or headquarters, operating procedures con- 
tinue in private homes. No salaries are paid, but programs 
cost money, paper costs money, the publication of Pen 
Pointers costs money. Herald pages cost money. This year 
will be one with added expenses relative to national confer- 
ence being in California. Please give generously to this offer- 
ing. Thank you in advance for your contribution. Our goal 
is $8,000 and is due before September 10, 1982. 


JUNE '82 

27 i 


What is BSLV? 

Brethren Student Life Volunteers is a pro- 
gram of the Grace Brethren Fellowship of 
Churches for its students who feel God's lead- 
ing them toward a full-time Christian career. 
It's directed through the Christian Ed Depart- 
ment to help churches encourage these young 

A BSLVer is a member of a Grace Brethren 
church, a student (presently attending school), 
and one who is seriously considering a full- 
time Christian career. 

What does WMC have to do with BSLV? 

The national WMC prayer chairman keeps an 
updated record of these young people. Upon 
request, she will assign a BSLVer to a local 

It's the WMC's job to pray regularly for this 
young person and God's leading in his/her 
life. The WMC is the BSLVer's prayer partner! 

If your WMC doesn't have a BSLVer, contact 
Sally Neely and she will give your local 
council a student. 

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Write to them. Show your concern and interest. Find out about them. 

Send "Care Boxes. " Coo/<ies and candy stay fresh in sealed cans; or send some personal items or a 
gift; send a rose that says "We care. " 

Send a tape introducing them to your WMC ladies. Ask questions about their needs. 

Above all, pray for them. They need God's direction and wisdom for their lives. 

If your WMC already has a BSLV student, pray for that young person faithfully. Let him/ 
her know you care. If you don't receive an answer or a response, keep praying for him/her! Keep 
letting him/her know you care. 

Our reason for giving a BSLVer to a WMC group is not to provide a pen pal; it's so those 
ladies can show love and concern in prayer. Our Heavenly Father doesn't "write us off" when we 
fail to respond to Him or thank Him. He keeps on loving us and caring for us. We need to do the 
same for our BSLVers. 

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WIVK) Officers 

This month, please meet two more of your national 
WMC officers. Both ladies reside in the Warsaw area 
and attend the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church. 

by Betty Hall 

National Literature Secretary 

"My heart overflows with a good theme." Psalm 
45:1 expresses the thoughts of my heart. My early 
life and growing up years were enjoyable in the free- 
dom of being a farmer's daughter, living in the atmos- 
phere of about a hundred cows being milked twice 
dally, luscious apples being picked from an orchard 
on the hill, and a pony to ride whenever the mood 

I remember accepting the Lord in a small country 
church and being baptized in the creek at the age of 
eight. My life centered around the church, and the 
Lord was honored in my parent's lives. 

My teenage years culminated with working in a de- 
fense plant (World War II years) and attending Bible 
Institute of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia. It was while 
I was at Bible Institute that I first heard of this 
"strange" church, the Brethren. The pastor taught a 
class in the institute, and so some of the students at- 
tended some of the services at his church. 

The best highlight of my life was becoming the 
wife of Ralph thirty-five years ago. Thirty-five years 
is something of a record these days. After Ralph 
graduated from Ohio State University, we decided 
that we wanted to serve the Lord more and so he 
needed seminary training. The Lord directed us to 
Grace. After several years in the pastorate we sort of 
"settled down" in Winona Lake, Indiana, twenty-two 
years ago when Ralph came to work with Home Mis- 
sions as the Director of Building Ministries. 

Winona Lake was a great place to rear our chil- 
dren, and I thank the Lord for giving us two: Nancy, 
a pastor's wife in Iowa; and Steve, living in West Palm 
Beach, Florida. We have two beautiful grandchildren 
in Iowa. 

My hobbies are various crafts. I've enjoyed going 
to Grace Village to help the ladies there do some fun 
things in crafts. 

Reading is one of my main hobbies, and I've so 
much enjoyed being national literature secretary be- 
cause of the reading circle book selection being one 
of the responsibilities. It's fun to help select what you 
ladies will be year. 

WMC has always played an important part in my 
life, and I praise the Lord for all the blessings I've re- 
ceived through WMC. 

by Nora Macon 

National Editor 

My mind raced as I nervously fidgeted in the pew. 
I had accepted Christ as my Saviour when I was eight 
years old, but I had never committed my life to full- 
time Christian service. Now the speaker was calling 
for dedication to missionary service. Missionary ser- 
vice! That's a big step when one is a junior in high 

"Lord, if You want me in missions service, I'm 
willing," I prayed as I walked down the seemingly 
unending aisle. I began reading missionary books and 
tried to keep up with what was happening in mis- 

When I arrived at Grace College, I began to wonder 
what course of study to follow. Those who were 
heading toward missions service always seemed to be 
Bible majors with a language minor. 

"OK, Lord, if that's what You want, that's what 
I'll study." But the Lord began to lead me in a totally 
different direction using closed doors, my interests, 
and a scholarship. 

During those four years I totally submerged myself 
into college life. Missions still floated around in the 
back of my mind, but I knew the Lord wasn't leading 
me into missions with what I was studying. 

I was graduated in 1977 with a degree in English 
education and journalism. Looking for a job turned 
out to be a frustrating experience. Several Christian 
schools wanted me to work for them, but the Lord 
never gave me peace about being a teacher. I worked 
in a factory to support myself. 

Then one day a friend called and told me about a 
job at Grace Brethren Foreign Missions. They were 
looking for someone to work with publications and 
editing— right up my line! My teenage commitment to 
missions flashed into my mind. 

As I dialed the number to set up an appointment, 
I told the Lord, "I can hardly believe it. Lord, this 
isn't what I thought You meant by mission service. 
But, I'm ready!" 

Two days later I nervously went to the Missions 
Building for an interview. Two hours after I left, they 
called and offered me the job. I accepted. That was 
four and a half years ago. 

The Lord has been blessing me over and over again 

(Continued on page 30) 

iWIVICjUNE'82 29: 

•Here are some ministry ideas for WMC groups: 

— Provide babysitting on a Friday or Saturday eve- 
ning for the young married couples in your church. 
Have ladies volunteer to be the babysitters free of 
charge. Perhaps use the church nursery and toddler 
rooms and have the parents bring the children there. 
This would help some young couples (who could not 
afford it otherwise) enjoy "an evening out." 

— Have a "shower" for your youth group. A few 
WMCs have showered their young people with kitchen 
utensils for the youth center or goodies that can be 
frozen until needed (examples: cookies, cakes, chili, 
sloppy joes). 

— Take a children's Sunday school class or depart- 
ment to the zoo for a day! 

*Each year at national conference, the WMC honors 
deceased members of WMC who have been faithful 
Christian workers throughout their lifetime. District 
presidents should remember to submit names and a 
short resume concerning the person to be honored. As 
national officers, we cannot make the tribute com- 
plete without your assistance. Names should be sub- 
mitted in writing prior to the beginning of conference. 



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by Liz Cutler 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

"One, two, three, four . . . ," Debbie, the exercise in- 
structor called out to the class of five leotard-clad women. 

"This isn't too bad," I thought, sitting up to touch my 
toes with each count. 

". . . thirty," the lithe teacher said. "That's enough. 
Now, let's do leg lifts." 

"No!" my mind screamed out. "Not leg lifts! Anything 
but that. I can't do leg lifts." 

"One, two, three . . . ," Debbie counted in slow rhythm, 
easily doing the exercise herself. "Come on," she said with 
enthusiasm as someone else in the class (not me) groaned. 
"I want to see results!" 

"Results," I muttered to myself. "Why am I torturing 
myself like this. I could find a better use for my lunch 
hour— like eating a thick, juicy hamburger and a milk- 
shake." I grimaced as I strained to lift my legs off the floor, 
my stomach muscles already aching. "Oh-h-h, I'm going to 
feel this tomorrow," I moaned to the lady on the floor 
beside me. 

"Six, seven ..." I methodically counted in my head, my 
body objecting to each move. 

"I want to see results!" That phrase floated around my 
head as I finished the exercise and rolled over to do a series 
of push-ups. 

That's what God says as He disciplines us and encourages 
us to grow spiritually. "No discipline seems pleasant at the 
time, but painful," Hebrew 12:11 says. "Later on, however, 
it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those 
who have been trained by it" (NASB). 

"Results," I thought, as I combed my hair and touched 
up my make-up a short time later. I headed out the door, 
back to the office for an afternoon of work, refreshed not 
only from a 45-minute workout, but from a mini-spiritual 
lesson. "Results." ■ 

(Continued from page 29) 

through my work. ( work with some of the 
nicest people in the world— missionaries!) 
Through working for Grace Brethren For- 
eign Missions, the Lord has opened 
other opportunities like being national 
WMC editor. Thanks for the privilege of 
serving you. 
Another door He has opened is to help 
lead the Nehemiah Missions Team to Bra- 
zil this summer. What an occasion to ex- 
perience missions firsthand! Plus, I get to 
use my hobbies, cooking and music, while 
working with the team. 
I praise the Lord for His leading in my life. 
I can joyfully say with the Psalmist, "Delight 
yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the 
desires of your heart. Commit your way to the 
Lord, trust also in Him, and He will do it" 
(37:4-5). ■ 



MICHELLE by Carolyn E. Phillips (Regal Books), paperback, $2.50 

In November of 1976, eight-year-old Michelle Price learned that a malignant tumor was growing in her 
leg. Even with amputation and months of painful chemotherapy treatments, the doctors gave her only a 4 per- 
cent chance of living. She faced the reality of death and accepted the loss of her leg. 

Michelle has won the hearts of many with her cheerfulness and simple but deep faith in God. This book 
is the remarkable story of a very special young lady . . . you'll laugh at her antics and cry with her through 
disappointments; but as you share this portion of her life, you'll surely fall in love with her! 

CAPTURED! by Carolyne Paine Miller (Christian Herald Books), paperback, $3.95 

A mother's true story of her family's imprisonment by the Vietcong. This book pulses with all the drama 
of a novel, yet is the true story of real people caught in the crossfire of war and revolution. From the fright- 
ening explosion of bombs around their home in Vietnam to the triumphant welcome on their return to the 
United States, Missionary Carolyn Miller tells of her family's capture and eight months of internment. 

A WOMAN FOR ALL SEASONS by Jeanne Hendricks (Thomas Nelson, Inc.), paperback, $4.95 

Many books have been written on the subject of women and much of what has been written has created 
only confusion. This book clears the confusion by digging into biblical history to ascertain truth from the past 
to clarify the present. She explains: "God has case histories, complete with editorial comment, on women in 
all slots of life. A close scrutiny of what He says is like finding answers in the back of the book. Womanhood 
suddenly makes sense and becomes a priceless privilege." 

For other WMC literature remember to use the WMC order blank and send it to the WMC 
literature secretary. 

"I Can't"? 

by Jeff Turner 

"With Christ, I Can!" 

"I can't do anything and get away with it, 
that teacher has eyes in the back of her head." 
We have all uttered those words once or twice 
in our lifetime, and sonne of those teachers 
seemed to have better eyes than others. For 
Miss Peggy Bell, a high school English teacher 
from Worthington Christian School in Worth- 
ington, Ohio, those mythical eyes are needed 
more than by most, because Peggy Bell is 

How can a blind person teach in a high 
school? That is exactly the question Miss Bell 
came to answer on March 15 when she ap- 
peared on the Grace College campus to speak 
in chapel and classes. The truth is that Peggy 
not only does teach in a high school setting, 
but she does it very well. 

Once you get to know Peggy it is no sur- 
prise at all that she is successful. All of her life 
she has been doing the things people said she 
couldn't do. This is what has driven her. 

"I would try to do everything people said 
I couldn't do," Peggy related to a large Grace 
College chapel audience, "like take driver's 
education. I not only took driver's education, 
but I have a driver's license. It is too bad it 
reads not permitted to operate a motorized 

Success has not always been the story of 
Peggy's life, however. Peggy was a twin, born 
two months premature. Her sister weighed 
only one pound at birth and died two hours 

Peggy is not bitter, though, about her 
blindness. "For many who lose their eyesight 
it is a real burden, but the Lord has chosen 
me, and blessed me. I don't know what it is I 
am missing. 

"My parents didn't allow me to be handi- 
capped," Peggy says. "I had a tricycle like 
everyone else and although it is true that I ran 
into trees sometimes, my parents let me, be- 
cause all children have to fall down." 

In the first and second grade Peggy learned 
Braille and typing. From the third grade on 
she had to type all of her assignments. By the 
time she was ready for high school, Peggy 
moved into the public school system of her 
home town, Oxford, Ohio. In high school 
Peggy's thoughts were not only on studies, 
but also on being accepted by her peers. The 
thought of becoming a Christian was far from 
what she wanted. 

"I was always super involved in church and 
I was sure that was all it took," Peggy ex- 
plains. "I went to high school in the middle of 


JUNE '82 


the Jesus movement, and I didn't want to get 
a Jesus freak or God-squad label. I already 
had one label, 'Blind.' 

"A good friend of mine got saved, and the 
more she shared the Gospel with me, the 
more upset I became. Inside I knew it was all 
true, but I was too afraid to admit it." But 
this was not to be the end of Peggy's story, 
because at a Baptist Bible camp, things began 
to change in her life. 

"I saw my life as pointless, and I now know 
I wasn't really happy," she tells reminiscing. 
"So on Friday, August 13, 1971, a day the 
world feels is unlucky, I accepted Jesus Christ 
as Saviour of my life." 

Her life since that time has been directed 
toward her new goals, the goals of glorifying 
God in her life, and in her teaching. This, 
however, was not to take place without some 
trials, and, of course, some persecution. 

After graduating from high school Peggy 
decided to go to a Bible college in Indiana. 
But in April of her freshman year there she re- 
ceived word that if she remained at a church- 
related college, all federal aid would be with- 
drawn. For Peggy this meant more than just 
money. It also meant Braille books, tapes for 
the blind, and other essentials. 

Peggy transferred to Miami University in 
Oxford, Ohio. She completed her last three 
years there with a triple major in speech, 
theatre, and English. 

"I had no real educational barriers," she 
says. "I took all of my tests orally, which 
wasn't bad on essay tests, but multiple choice 
tests were hard. Usually, by the time they had 
finished reading the answer choices I had for- 
gotten the question." 

Those days are over now for Peggy, and she 
has successfully applied herself in the teaching 
profession. After teaching five years at Seton 
High School, an all-girl Catholic high school, 
Peggy decided she needed to be teaching in a 
Christian school. 

Now, trying to find a teaching job is hard 
enough, even with five years' experience. But 
for Peggy that process was even harder, de- 
spite applying to many Christian schools. But, 
as Peggy was to find out, the blindness was 
more of a handicap to others than it was to 

"Worthington Christian was different, 
though. The principal was super, the pastors 
were fantastic, I realized until W.C.S. I hadn't 
seen a real Christian school." 

Peggy and her dog, Yankee, are right at 
home now at Worthington Christian, a place 
she says ^he would like to stay until the rap- 

"I've always had monitors for every test at 
other schools, but not so much at W.C.S. I try 
to teach the kids that even if they get by with 
things with me, they haven't with God. 

"I try to meet the kids where they are," 
she says didactically. "They are not children, 
but they are not adults yet either. You have 
to approach them with a challenge, yet not 
bury them." 

Peggy has lived alone since college, and one 
of the hardest things for her is color coordi- 
nating clothes. She has tags on all of her 
clothes, but she says that, even though she 
may know she has a green sweater on, she 
can't perceive colors like most of us do. But 
Peggy does have her own concepts of color. 

"Yellow," she explains, "is like the smell of 
lemons, or the feel of sunshine on your face. 
Red is like cinnamon or a hot stove; green is 
like the smell of fresh cut grass or the taste of 
lime; and blue is cool, calm, like mint candy, 
or ice water." 

Peggy's sensitivity to things so simple to us 
are what makes her a good teacher. She is 
keenly aware of her blindness, and doesn't 
want that to be an obstacle for the kids. 

Her blindness has not hindered her in the 
classroom so far, as every year she has had an 
award-winning student. One of her students 
even wrote a novel that was published. These 
things she credits to the Lord. 

Many would consider her blindness a handi- 
cap, but she considers it a blessing. For Peggy 
Bell "to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Her 
whole life emanates that thought and brings it 
to life. 

"A lot of people put a stigma on blind 
people and say they can't. But that is not a 
part of my Christian vocabulary. With Christ, 
I can. 

"I know I am assured of eternal life," 
Peggy shares in her own unique way. "And al- 
though I can't see now, I know that when I 
die I shall stand face-to-face with Jesus, and I 
shall see Him as He is. That is what I live for, 
that is what makes everything I go through 
now seem as nothing in comparison." 

Peggy Bell brought with her to the Grace 
College campus the love of Jesus Christ. That 
same love is poured into every one of her stu- 
dents at Worthington Christian School. ■ 


JUNE '82 


^3tf News Notes' 


Dr. John J. Davis, executive vice president of 
Grace Schools for the past six years, is stepping aside 
from his present position so that he may return to 
full-time teaching in the Old Testament Department 
of the seminary in September. 

In making the announcement, Dr. Homer A. Kent, 
Jr., president, said that he regretfully accepted Dr. 
Davis' request for the return to full-time teaching in 
the seminary at the end of his current contract In 
August. "He interrupted full-time teaching in 1976 to 
assist in forming a new administration of Grace 
Schools and I have appreciated his many efforts in 
easing my load as president," Dr. Kent stated. "How- 
ever, we are delighted that Grace Seminary will con- 
tinue to have the benefit of his many skills." 

Dr. Davis has headed the "Pattern For Progress" 
long-range planning thrust for Grace Schools. He has 
also been deeply involved in the development of a 
campus master plan being worked on by Troyer and 
Associates of Mishawaka, Indiana, as part of the Pur- 
suing Priorities Campaign for the 80s. 

Prior to being named vice president, Davis, who 
joined the faculty in 1965, had served as director of 
admissions and registrar for the seminary, as well as 
professor of Old Testament and Hebrew. 

Davis, who is currently on sabbatical leave, will 
take part in an archaeological dig this summer. He 
will be serving on the senior staff of the Abila Archae- 
ological Project under the auspices of the Near East 
Archaeological Society. 

A successor has not been named. ■ 

by Vance Christie 

Wednesday evening, March 17, found Fort Wayne, 
Indiana, seriously threatened by swelling flood waters. 
Throughout the day, radio and television stations in 
that city had been sending out pleas for assistance. 
The approaching night would be the worst period, as 
bone-tired local volunteers would return to their 
homes for much-needed rest and the city would be 
left understaffed in its battle against the rising waters. 

In Winona Lake, Indiana, some forty miles to the 
west, a Christian liberal arts school, Grace College, 
stood serenely atop the town's hill. Within the walls 
of this hearty college all was not calm. Students, 
having heard the requests for assistance from the 
neighboring city, were stirred with concern. Through- 
out the day, a number of the students visited the 
office of Chaplain Kevin Huggins to see if there was 
something they could do to help. 

After phoning the troubled city, Grace officials 
found that a greater need would exist later that night. 
Dan Heiser, Grace's assistant to the dean of students, 
began coordinating efforts to organize a volunteer 
force. Announcements were posted around campus 
and requests for help were issued over the cafeteria's 
public address system several times during the supper 

At 10 p.m. that evening, 165 Grace students con- 
gregated on campus at the Alpha Lobby and loaded 
into vans and cars. They traveled to Fort Wayne's 
Coliseum where they joined an estimated 3,000 
other volunteers. Many high schoolers and a number 
of students from other colleges were present. Other 
Christian colleges represented along with Grace, were 
Huntington College and Fort Wayne Bible College. 

is as follows: 

Mr. Alonza T. Trent, Sr. 
Mrs. Harriet Ashman 

Mr. Roily Beach 


Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
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Mrs. Dessie Pleasant 
Mrs. Alta E. Poland 
Mr. Glenn Fleming 
Mr. Thetis Holtsclaw 
Mr. Herman Bayer 

Southeast District Ministerium 
Grace Brethren Church 

Davenport, Iowa 
Mr. and Mrs. John Hord 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Deerwester 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hord 
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wroten 
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Kohler 
LaLoma Grace Brethren Church 

Berean Sunday School Class 

Modesto, California 
Mrs. Anna E. Felkley 
Mr. and Mrs. Chester E. Elliott 
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Skellenger 
Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Skellenger 
Mr. and Mrs. John Burns 

Most of the Grace volunteers filled and tied sand- 
bags and loaded them onto trucks. A few of them 
worked with the trucks on the "front lines." These 
went into Fort Wayne residential areas where sand- 
bags were laid to protect homes from rising flood 

By about 2 a.m. the number helping out in the 
Coliseum had thinned to around 1,000. Grace stu- 
dents stayed on as late as 6 a.m. before returning to 
campus. The Winona Lake students then reported to 
Thursday morning classes after their long night of 

Tom Barlow, a Grace Brethren student from 
Worthington, Ohio, was one of Grace's students to 
lend a helping hand. The freshman speech communi- 
cation major commented on the greatest value he saw 
in his school's effort to offer assistance: "It was a 
good chance for the student body as a whole to unite 
in helping. People were excited about just helping." ■ 

by Dr. Charles R. Smith 

In April of this year, Grace Theological Seminary 
was granted accredited status by the Committee on 
Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central 
Association of Colleges and Schools. Announcement 
of the accreditation by North Central was made by 
Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., president of Grace Schools. 

Because of the specialized purpose of the seminary 
which was founded in 1937, and the strong concern 
of its constituency for religous freedom, for many 
years the seminary's board of trustees preferred to re- 
main free from any "outside influence" such as ac- 
crediting agencies. However, over the years, as it be- 
came more evident that accrediting agencies in gen- 
eral have not attempted to influence institutional pur- 
poses or goals, this attitude mellowed. 

Also, the accreditation in 1976 of Grace College, 
with institutional goals unaffected, and even subse- 
quently strengthened, encouraged the board to ex- 
pect that the same results could be achieved in the 
seminary. A board decision in March 1978, directed 
the administration of Grace Theological Seminary to 
begin investigating the desirability and possibilities 
for accreditation of the seminary. 

An ad hoc committee on accreditation was ap- 
pointed in May of 1978. The committee conducted 
faculty and student interviews and contacted other 
similar institutions for recommendation and in Sep- 
tember of 1980 recommended to the faculty and to 
the administration of the seminary the pursuit of 
regional accreditation with the North Central Asso- 
ciation. This was unanimously approved by the semi- 
nary faculty and administration. 

In October 1980, the Seminary Administrative 
Committee appointed a Self-Study Committee. At 
the first meeting, the committee unanimously recom- 
mended that, due to the recognized status of the 
seminary's programs among peer institutions and the 






from the 

If you are an employee of a Matching Gift 
Company, pray about your gift to this bold 
step of faith. 

If not, talk to the personnel director of your 
company to see about a Matching Gift Pro- 

accreditation of Grace College, its younger sister in- 
stitution, application should be made for accredita- 
tion rather than for candidate status. 

In November 1980, the Executive Committee of 
the board of trustees, and in February of 1981, the 
entire board, voted to authorize the Self-Study Com- 
mittee to continue its work on the self-study project 
and to proceed with application for accreditation by 
North Central. 

A team of educators conducted an evaluation visit 
to the campus on September 23-25, 1 981 , and recom- 
mended accreditation of all of the seminary's master 
degree programs for the maximum time allowable at 
initial accreditation (five years). This recommenda- 
tion was approved by a review committee on March 
28 and finalized by the executive board of the North 
Central Association on April 29 of this year. 

The Self-Study Committee was composed of Dr. 
E. William Male, dean and chairman; Dr. John J. 
Davis, executive vice president; Dr. R. Larry Over- 
street, chairman of the Department of Homiletics; 
Mr. Robert D. Ibach, Jr., director of Libraries; and 
Dr. Charles R. Smith, director of Admissions and Co- 
ordinator of the Self-Study Project. 

The entire Grace Seminary family is rejoicing in 
this recognition. We know that this achievement is 
the result of the faithfulness of our Lord through 
these many years. ■ 


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-and 1981 was another retard year! 

The Herald Ministrks 

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The Herald Ministries encompasses the work of 
the Herald magazine, Sunday school curriculum, 
Herald Bookstore, BMH Books, and BMH Printing. 
Each of these areas is expanding and we look for- 
ward to continued growth. 

Continuing growth depends on continuing sup- 
port from our Fellowship. One example of the con- 
tribution of the Herald Ministries to our Fellow- 
ship is the Brethren Missionary Herald magazine. It 
is one of the more binding ministries in our Fellow- 
ship, inasmuch as each month it brings news of 
churches and national organizations to our mem- 
bership. However, in 1981, production costs were 
$22,000 more than the income from subscriptions 
and national boards. 

Here's a suggestion how you can help our minis- 
tries expand even faster: Each member of the Fel- 
lowship of Grace Brethren Churches giving $5.00 a 
year for the work of publications will enable us to 

respond to the many exciting opportunities we 
have today. This week, why not drop your $5.00 
gift for your Missionary Herald corporation mem- 
bership in your local church offering? 

\bu are appreciated! 


Executive Editor and General Manager 

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JULY 1982 

Reflections By Still Waters 

fh«pe fpocibk h) tbe ^^k HmgdoTD? 

Charles W. Turner 


July 4 is an important lioliday in 
the life of tlie United States. In our 
minds, it carries with it all of the 
thoughts of the past and all of the 
glory that we associate with our 
history. In our highest flights of 
patriotism, we thinl< of our country 
as almost a Magic Kingdom where 
we solve our problems and over- 
come our obstacles. We have all 
sorts of names for this, such as 
Yankee Ingenuity or Free Enter- 
prise. Call it what you will, it has 
been a formula for success in many 
of the tough places in our history. 

We out-invented, out-manufac- 
tured and out-farmed the world . . . 
there was not a problem for which 
there was not a workable solution! 
But it seems that doubts have been 
creeping into our minds and cir- 
cumstances reinforce these doubts. 
The Magic Kingdom has gradually 
borrowed itself into a huge debt 
and the old spirit of hard work and 
a fair pay began to give way to 
"give me more and I promise to 
work less." Product quality began 
to decline, groups became more 
important than the whole, and 
lawlessness started to become the 

Sense of purpose seems to have 
given way to self-doubt. Issues of 
morality and the value of life itself 
became debatable circumstances. It 
was suddenly wrong to pray in the 
classroom, but seemingly right to 
profane the name of God in our 
textbooks. Month by month, the 
little box with a window on the 
world became a bit more profane 
and rude. As time passed, violence 
became the rule rather than the 
exception. You could see several 
dozen people killed— right there in 
your living room— each and every 
evening. At first, we all drew back 
in horror, but, like so many other 
things, after awhile we got familiar 
with it. Weekly we have watched 

the stories of unhappy homes and 
drug addicts and we said the world 
is getting bad. It has always been 
bad, but we were never before so 
close to it! 

The moral standards were slip- 
ping. Then our friend lost his job, 
and that was not too bad until 
someone in our own family lost 
his. It was a little more serious now. 
The Magic Kingdom did better than 
anyone else in the world manu- 
facturing our own materials, but 
then we started to buy products 
with strange-sounding names, such 
as Sony and Toyota . . . and the 
sewing machine we bought and the 
radio and the automobile and the 
computer and the . . . ! There were 
so many new names, but what we 
missed was that some of the old 
names began to disappear— we 
heard they were quitting because 
business was bad. Inasmuch as I am 
a Northern Ohio person by back- 
ground, it surprised me when my 
hometown of Akron, Ohio (the 
Rubber Capital of the World), made 
its last auto tire. There was trouble 
in the Magic Kingdom and everyone 
said wait until spring . . . then it 
will be all right when the flowers 
bloom and the warm sun shines. 

Yes, there is a lot wrong on this 
July Fourth . . . the savings and 
loans are merging by the dozens, 
the unemployment numbers are the 
highest in 50 years. One can get 
HBO that promises adult entertain- 
ment for just a few dollars a week 
and right in his own home, too! 
One hears a lot of calls for the 
rights of people to do as they please, 
and that everyone gets to do his 
own thing. Also, calls are heard— 
"Don't upset the children by cut- 
ting back on their rights of expres- 
sion." One sits in the comforts of 
his home and watches as the Presi- 
dent gets shot— you lose your ap- 
petite for dinner and hope for 
another call in the land . . . "If my 
people, which are called by my 
name will . . ." (2 Chron. 7:14). ■ 

JULY '82 





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Volume 44 Number? July 1982 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
(ISSN-0161-5238) is published 
monthly by the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, 1 104 
Kings Highway, Winona Lake, IN 
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Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 

Christian Education: 

Knute Larson 

Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 

Grace Brethren Men: 

Harold Hollinger 

Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Don Cramer 

Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 

Women's Missionary Council: 

Nora Macon 

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4 How Is a Frenchman Like a Navajo Indian? 

6 Lexington, Kentucky, A Country Church with a 
Vision for a Big City 

8 Worshiping in Spirit and in Truth 

10 Staff Changes at Navajo Mission 

14 War 

19 Mrs. Taber with the Lord 

20 Personal Support 

22 Menders Ministry a Year Later 

24 A New Church Is Born 

26 Flora, Indiana, GBC, Unit 6 Awards Ceremony 

28 Meet Your WMC Off icers 

31 Juried Art Exhibit Honors 

32 1982 Grace Graduates 

bmti features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 12 • 

repc rted in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1947 

Rev. Lester Pifer, a recent graduate 
from Grace Seminary, was ordained to the 
ministry at the First Brethren Church, Ritt- 
man, Ohio. . . . Dr. Raymond Gingrich, 
president of Akron Bible Institute, Akron, 
Ohio, had announced the opening of day 
classes and Rev. Charles Bergerson was the 
first full-time instructor. 

25 YEARS AGO - 1957 

Rev. Warren Tamkin had accepted the 
pastorate of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Hagerstown, Md. . . . Howard Vulgamore as- 
sumed the responsibilities as principal of the 
Brethren Indian Mission School at Counsel- 
ors Post, New Mexico. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1977 

Bethel Brethren Church of Osceola, In- 
diana, had purchased 48 acres of land on 
Beech Road for future expansion. . . . Larry 
Chamberlain joined the staff of the Brethren 
Home Missions Council as accountant. ■ 


Next month many of you will be 
reading the Herald in the warm breezes 
of Palm Springs. It will be an issue 
with a number of interesting articles 
. . . one of them will be an interview 
between Pastor Luke Kauffman and 
Christine Wyrtzen about an upcoming 
new recording. The recording is a joint 
venture between the IVIyerstown Grace 
Brethren Church and Christine. 
Christine will be the featured soloist at 
the Saturday evening opening concert 
sponsored by the Herald Ministries.— 
CWT ■ 

Cover Photo by Charles W. Turner 


JULY '82 

How Is a Frenchman Like a . . . 

How are they alikel I could tell 
you a hundred ways that they are 

The Frenchman lives in twenti- 
eth century Europe with its modern 
cities, burgeoning apartment com- 
plexes, motorways with no speed 
limit, cuisine that's copied by chefs 
around the world, and haute cou- 
ture that sets the pace for clothing 
designers everywhere. 

In contrast, the Navajo of the 
New Mexico high plateau country 
usually lives far from the city. He 
often travels 20 to 30 miles to even 
a small town. Life in an apartment, 
or even a village, is not his style. He 
lives in a small camp with several 
other families who are his relatives. 
His house may be the traditional 
hogan, built almost entirely of 

by Mary Thompson 

"Both have for centuries 

been under the control 

of Satan." 

native materials, or it may be a 
more Anglo-style dwelling. Much of 
the Navajo's travel is by pickup 
truck over dirt roads where speed is 
limited, not by law but by mud and 

Green fields are not in the 
Navajo scene. Pasturelands are 
sparse, drinking water is hauled 
many miles, and sheep and cattle 
are watered from seep springs or 
muddy ponds that have been 

dammed up to conserve rain and 
snow runoff. Sometimes the springs 
and ponds dry up and water must 
be hauled for stock, too. 

High fashion, Anglo style, is not 
up-front in most Navajos' thinking. 
They're more concerned with 
sturdy, practical clothing, suited to 
their harsh environment. For the 
men it is usually jeans, boots, a 
Western hat, a flannel shirt in 
winter and a T-shirt in summer. The 
traditional Navajo woman's cloth- 
ing—the long, gathered skirt and 
bright colored blouse— is being re- 
placed in this generation by pants 
and shirt. 

Navajo cooking is not to be com- 
pared with French cuisine. Because 
of the Navajos' limited finances and 
the few foods they are able to 

rjULY '82 


grow, their diet is simple, even 

Personality-wise the Navajo is 
often considered stoic and passive, 
while we think of the French as 
expressive and romantic people. 

Electricity is taken for granted 
as a part of everyday life in France, 
along with TVs, refrigerators, and 
other appliances. And the new 
diesel electric train, the TGV, is the 
wonder of the efficient European 
rail system. 

In New Mexico the power lines 
from the waters of the Colorado 
Rockies cross Navajoland. But most 
families still use kerosene lamps. 

the same language, even though you 
don't know the words. 

Whatever believers' nationality, 
they pray and weep together, for 
their unsaved brothers, sisters, 
parents, children, and friends. And 
France and the Navajo nation both 
know the sadness that comes from 
the effects of alcoholism. 

Both have experienced the in- 
vasion of their lands. Every French 
town has a monument to its war 
dead— two World Wars have been 
fought on their soil in the last 70 
years. The Navajos suffered under 
the invasion of the Spanish con- 
quistadors, and then the American 

dared their being reached with the 

Today a fierce battle is raging in 
France and in Navajoland. A battle 
of Christ and His forces against the 
devil and his spirits. And the Breth- 
ren are involved on both fronts. 

Our troops are feeble compared 
with the advantage of the enemy. 
His are firmly entrenched and re- 
sist the Gospel. Ancient customs, 
false religions, family ties, material- 
ism, alcohol, and drugs are some of 
his weapons. 

This battle won't be won by the 
few troops on the front lines. Even 
sending money for supplies is not 

Indian ? 

Connection with the accessible 
power is too exfiensive. (But don't 
underestimate Navajo ingenuity. He 
enjoys TV too, by using power 
from his car battery.) 

What a contrast! You couldn't 
find two people more different. 


Then last winter I had the op- 
portunity to visit France— and our 
new granddaughter, Julie. 

How disillusioning. My orderly 
generalizations began to collapse. I 
met French people whom I felt I 
had known in Navajoland. 

Christians are the same every- 
where, it seems. Warm and friendly, 
you feel at home with them right 
away, whether they live in a hogan 
or in a modern house. They speak 

settlers who moved into their terri- 

We remember France's contribu- 
tion to the world of science, litera- 
ture, art, and politics. The Navajos, 
too, are proud of their ancient 
culture. And their artistic talent is 
shown in their production of beau- 
tiful silver and turquoise jewelry, 
their intricate beadwork, and the 
fascinating patterns of the famous 
Navajo rugs. 

But the strongest similarity I 
noticed is the spiritual condition of 
the two nations. Both have for cen- 
turies been under the control of 
Satan. When the Reformation 
swept across Europe it was crushed 
in France by persecution. While 
other Indian tribes were evangelized, 
the isolation of the Navajos hin- 

enough. The spiritual war can only 
be won through steadfast, daily 
intercession. Brethren, pray: 

1 ) For revival among French and 
Navajo believers. That they 
will be steadfast in the face of 
strong opposition. 

2) That French and Navajo 
Christians will study and train 
to be spiritual teachers and 
leaders of their own people. 

3) That Satan will be bound and 
God's Word will have free 
course in the French and 
Navajo nations. 

(BHMC Editor's note: Mrs. Thomp- 
son's observations were written after 
a visit with her daughter and son-in- 
law, Susie and Dave Hobert, Grace 
Brethren missionaries to France.) ■ 


JULY '82 

Lexington, Kentucky 

A Country Church 
with a Vision 
for a Big City 

by Liz Cutler 

Promotional Secretary 

A country church in a big city — 
that might best describe the Lexing- 
ton, Kentucl<y, Grace Brethren 
Church. But maybe that isn't so un- 
usual in a big city with a country 

"Many of the people who we 
have contacts with are from the 
country," says Pastor Joe Nass. 
"There's a lot of people who have 
moved from eastern Kentucky," he 
adds. "Their view of church is a 
little different— not like your typical 
city church. A lot of people want 
an alternative to the big church." 

But that doesn't necessarily 
mean that the church people are 
satisfied with the small church. 
"Our own people themselves will 
say, 'Well, if we grow to a certain 
point, we can always split and start 
a new church,' " explains Joe. 

So the Lexington GBC has be- 
come an alternative— in planting 
new churches, to programs, to the 
"big" church. "We're not simply 
program-oriented, but we're people 
oriented," says Joe. 


JULY '82 


Opposite page, top: The Lexington, 
Ky., Grace Brethren Church. 

Opposite page, bottom: (Pastor 
Nass (right) tall<s with one of the 
church members. 

Below: Pastor and iVIrs. Joe Nass 

The Lexington GBC has its roots 
in the hills of Kentucky. Many of 
the church folk have come from 
Brethren testimonies in Clayhole 
and Dryhill, including one lady who 
prayed for a Brethren church in 
Lexington since she moved there 
more than thirty years ago. The 
group began under the direction of 
Rev. Clyde Landrum. For the first 
year and a half, he ministered each 
weekend, driving more than 600 
round-trip miles from his home in 
Winona Lake, Indiana. The church 
began receiving support from the 
Brethren Home Missions Council in 
1980, when Joe and his wife, Mary, 
assumed the pastorate. 

"When we came here, we had a 
good group of twenty people who 
were real committed to the work 
and sold out to seeing something 
start here," says Joe, a native of the 
suburbs of New York City. 

As in many Home Missions chur- 
ches, programs are few, Bible teach- 
ing is emphasized. "We sort of view 
the church as a Bible institute," 

says Joe. "We hope that makes an 
impression on the community 

One of Joe's greatest challenges 
has been finding an individual who 
has not heard of Jesus Christ. "A 
lot of people in this area are saved 
or have made a childhood decision 
at one time or another," he says, 
noting that the Southern Baptist 
and the Christian churches are com- 
mon in Lexington. "Whether they 
are living for the Lord, or not, is 
another story," he adds. 

During 1982, the Grace Brethren 
people hope to see 20 decisions for 
Christ, 1 commitment to the minis- 
try, and 100 first-time visitors. Each 
week, Joe tries to make 20 visits 
personally by appointment and is 
beginning a team visitation pro- 
gram. "Our goal is to recruit 5 
visitation leaders and 5 visitation 
partners," he says. Morning services 
are held at a Holiday Inn with a 
small children's church going on 
simultaneously at the back of the 
room. Sunday evening services and 
midweek Bible studies are held in 
private homes. "Sometimes people 
will come to a Bible study before 
they will come to church on 
Sunday," the young pastor says. 
The more informal sessions make it 
easier to invite friends. He cites an 
example of the couple in whose 
home the Sunday evening meetings 
are held. 

"They really have a ministry to 
the young people in the apartment 
complex," Joe says. "They've had 
opportunities to share the Gospel. 
Some of them have come out to 
visit us," he adds. With more than 
200,000 people in the metropolitan 
area, Joe and his congregation have 
targeted the southeastern part of 
Lexington in which to work. "If 
any place in Lexington is under- 
churched, it's this area," says Joe. 
In the triangular area between 
Richmond Road and Tates Creek 
Road, there are many new housing 
developments, including multi- 
family dwellings. 

Pastor Nass found the communi- 
ty to be very open. "They're just 
really willing to accept a visit from 
the pastor," he says. 'That's been 
really encouraging." 

Joe, himself, is committed to the 
work in Lexington. "A lot of 
people are making an investment 
here, an investment in us," he says. 
"I want to do everything possible 
to protect that investment and not 
to discourage people from going 
with a Home Missions work again 
someday if they move somewhere 
else." Protecting that investment 
means hard work, setting goals, 
winning people to the Lord. 

While Joe is teaching Sunday 
school or leading church, Mary 
directs the children's ministry. The 
couple also often goes visiting to- 
gether. "It makes for a good team," 
he says. "Because when we're to- 
gether, we can be enthusiastic and 
we can be lighthearted and informal. 
We really have fun on our visita- 

Mary grew up in Home Missions 
churches in Galion and Lexington, 
Ohio. That, coupled with some 
time at the Dryhill, Kentucky, mis- 
sion in 1977, has given her a unique 
perspective on their work at Lex- 
ington. "Home Missions churches 
are different from established chur- 
ches. There's no doubt about it," 
she says. "You just have to realize 
that you cannot have everything 
you have in an established church 
in a Home Missions church," she 
adds. "We have quality but we 
don't have quantity." 

"I think Home Missions does a 
lot to help the churches, not just 
financially," she adds. "They really 
help their pastors and I think that's 
encouraging for the pastors. They 
have somebody behind them." 

It was her experience at the 
Mission that she feels was most 
valuable since many of their con- 
gregation are from that area. "When 
we came down here, it helped me 
to understand the people," she 

The core of which the Lexington 
church is built on is made of hard- 
working, faithful peopje. For the 
most part, they are people who are 
involved in the fields of medicine, 
accounting, and construction, up- 
wardly mobile and doing well finan- 
cially, according to the pastor. 

But they're still country people 
with a vision for a big city. ■ 


JULY '82 

by J. Richard Horner 

Grace Brethren Church 
Milroy, Pennsylvania 

Many people view the Sunday 
morning worship service as they do 
a stage play. The pastor, choir 
members, musicians, and ushers, are 
the actors; the Holy Spirit is their 
prompter; and the congregation 
takes the position of critic, deter- 
mining how well the actors worship 

But when we look at what the 
Bible says about worship, we must 
alter this illustration. For in actual- 
ity, the pastor and other key par- 
ticipants are the prompters; the 

To reverence our Lord 

in spirit is to put forth 

some action generated 

from our spirit. 

many in the pews are the actors; 
and God, Himself, is the critic. 

A study of worship in the Bible 
is eye-opening. Take, for instance, 
the familiar verse in John 4, where 
our Lord describes what worship is 
to be like. "God is a Spirit and they 
that worship Him must worship 
Him in spirit and in truth" (v. 24). 
In order to worship the Father, we 
are told by the Son we must do it 
in spirit and in truth. "Must" means 
the only way. Oh, that believers 
could think through this command 
each Sunday morning as they enter 
into His special presence. 

To worship in spirit means that 
just any way we feel like will not 
do. To reverence our Lord in spirit 
is to put forth some action gener- 
ated from our spirit. Our spirit is 
God-consciousness. A true be- 
liever's spirit will "commune" 
with the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:16). 
We are instructed and informed by 
the indwelling Holy Spirit of the 
things that are spiritual (1 Cor. 

2:9-16). And John tells us in his 
First Epistle that we have "an 
unction" of the spirit that enables 
us to abide in Him (2:27). But, it is 
still very possible to be ignorant of 
or to quench this power and wor- 
ship God in the flesh, using our 
man-consciousness. Since the flesh 
"cannot please God" (Rom. 8:8), I 
fear that much of our worship, in 
or out of the church building, never 
accomplishes its purpose. 

May I suggest a simple way to 
guard against this grievous mistake? 
God-consciousness is fed by the 
Word of God. Man-consciousness is 
fueled by an entanglement with the 
world's emphasis. The New Testa- 
ment uses three Greek words for 
truthful worship. Likewise, Apostle 
John uses three terms for self- 
gratification, which is the direct 
opposite of worship. 

The three different words for 
worship depict a degree of rever- 
ence and admiration for the Al- 
mighty. And the three selfish terms 
are steps in loving the world which 
places us at enmity with God. 

The first word sebomai, means 
to adore and is used in reference to 
the feelings of men and women 
toward Jehovah before Christ was 
identified (example: Acts 16:14; 
18:7). Latreuo is the second word 
and means to serve. This word is 
used to tell of religious action per- 

want to admire our own accom- 
plishments and ideas. How often 
have we decided to serve God be- 
cause we felt others were expecting 
it, rather than because we were 
greatly in love with Jesus Christ. 
And perhaps the most difficult 
thing in the world to do sometimes 
is to fall down before Jesus Christ 
and plead for His help, strength and 
direction because we've been trying 
and have made another mess of 
things on our own strength. 

Are we not guilty, in those times 
just described, of falling after the 
lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, 
and the pride of life? Satan 
tempted Eve in the Garden and 
Jesus in the wilderness with these 
three counterfeits to truthful wor- 

Lust of the flesh is nothing more 
than indulgence in physical appe- 
tites. Can we worship in truth when 
we are thinking of our own 

Lust of the eyes is simply covet- 
ousness. An off-balanced time 
schedule to gain more possessions 
or prestige is catering to the god of 
materialism. Oh, how this pushes 
away our desire to serve the Lord. 

Then there is the ambitious 
pride of life. The desire to make 
one wise and more important than 
any other borders on humanism. 
The worship of the praise of men 

How often have we decided to serve God 

because we felt others were expecting it, 

rather than because we were greatly in love 

with Jesus Christ. 

formed for duty or as obligation. 
The third is proskuneo, to bow 
down or prostrate oneself toward. 
This is used in the Gospels for 
people submitting in total depend- 
ence on Christ and Son of God. Un- 
fortunately there are times in our 
Christian lives when we find it hard 
to adore the Saviour because we 

and the acknowledgement of our 
own accomplishments many times 
takes precedence over yielding to 
solely glorifying the Saviour in all 
our efforts. 

As a final thought, verse 23 of 
John 4 says the Father seeketh such 
to worship Him. True worship is 
important. ■ 


JULY '82 


Phil and Wilda Lesko and their family 

Bob and Valerie Lance 

Staff Changes 

at Navajo Mission 

After nearly ten years of fruitful ministry 
among the Navajos, the Phil Lesko family has 
felt the Lord's calling to a full-time Baptist 
pastorate at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Phil's 
father is the minister there and Phil will as- 
ume his father's position as of August 1 . 

Phil will be missed because of his high 
visibility in the Navajo camps. He and his 
family have been active in church-planting 
ministry, involving many hours of hard work 
in sermon preparations, including translating 
most of his material into the Navajo language 
in advance, driving on rough back roads, and 
just plain involvement with the people. 

Phil and Wilda Lesko went to the Navajo 
mission in 1970. During their first year, they 
served as dorm parents and teacher for the 
school and Wilda was a nurse. Most recently, 
he has preached in churches and in tent meet- 
ings, training pastors, overseeing the churches, 
carrying on a cassette tape ministry, visiting in 
homes, and helping with the radio ministry. 
He also helps pastor the Day Mesa church. 
Wilda helps him in various meetings and 
ministers to the Navajo ladies, although the 
Navajos have taken over much of this re- 


The Leskos have three sons: John, 12; 
James, 10; Joseph, 7; and a daughter, 
Christine, age 1. We wish them well as they go 
to their new role as pastor to an Anglo con- 
gregation. And we praise God for Phil's vision, 
direction and accomplishments helping us to 
establish several Grace Brethren Bible-teaching 
churches among the Navajo people. 

Taking the Leskos' place will be the Lance 
family. They will begin language school this 
summer in preparation for the church-planting 
ministry in Navajoland. 

Bob and Valerie are from the Grace Breth- 
ren Church in Columbus, Ohio, where they 
accepted the Lord and were discipled. Bob is 
a former engineer and received his M.Div. 
degree from Grace Theological Seminary in 
May. Valerie is a nurse who worked in many 
areas of that field, including director of 
Children's Services at Cardinal Center in War- 
saw, Indiana, and as a nursing instructor at 
Grace College. 

The Lances have three children: Brian, 8; 
Sarah, 7; and Rebeccah, 6. ■ 


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D A record attendance on Easter Sunday morning at 
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5,501. The following Sunday a record attendance was 
also set at 3,328 according to Pastor Dave Hocking. 

n An ordination service to the Christian ministry was 
held for Pastor James Barnes of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Altoona, Pa. The ordination message was 
delivered by Dr. Wesley Olson, vice president and aca- 
demic dean at Lancaster Bible College. The charge 
was given by Pastor Charles Martin of the First Grace 
Brethren Church of Johnstown, Pa., and other area 
pastors participated in the service also. 

Pastor Barnes, a native of Lewistown, Pa., gradu- 
ated from Lancaster Bible College in May of 1980 
and was called to serve the Lord as pastor of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Altoona, Pa. He now serves 
as the secretary of the West Penn District Minis- 
terium and is also moderator for the current year. 

D A new church has been started at Orrville, Ohio, 
and has been averaging 28 in a weeknight Bible study. 
This group of believers has been promised the use of 
a school building for Sunday services. 

D Isaac Graham will be serving as associate pastor of 
the Grace Brethren Church of Homerville, Ohio, as- 
sisting Rev. Robert Holmes. His address is 788 U.S. 
224, Nova, Ohio 44859. 

D The Moody Broadcasting Network has announced 
that it started a 24-hour day audio satellite service for 
affiliate radio stations and cable systems. The main 
purpose of this new service is to provide quality 
Christian audio programming to areas of the U.S. 
which had formerly been void of this service. 

D An invitation has been received from Mr. and Mrs. 
Steven Camp, 6601 Trousdale Rd., Knoxville, Tenn. 
37921 (Ph.: 615/691-7932) to contact them for 
housing when attending the World's Fair. Accommo- 
dations include a large den with private entrance or 
park an R.V. This location is only 15 minutes to the 
Fair site and reasonable rates are promised. It is sug- 
gested that reservations be made early to assure avail- 
ability. The Camps are former members of the 
Calvary Brethren Church in Dayton, Ohio; and the 
Grace Brethren Church in Ashland, Ohio. 

D The resignation of Pastor Don Pager of the Cone- 
maugh Brethren Church was effective the end of May, 
after serving in that place for 2072 years. He antici- 
pates retirement and plans to relocate in the area 
of Winona Lake, Ind. 

D Conemaugh Brethren Church, Conemaugh, Pa., 
celebrated their one-hundredeth anniversary last May 
with a special service in the afternoon followed by a 
time of fellowship and refreshments. Rev. William 
Schaffer, pastor from 1930 to 1941, was the special 
speaker. Also Rev. and Mrs. Jake Kliever, retired mis- 
sionaries from the field of Africa, were present to give 
greetings in behalf of the Foreign Missionary Society. 

D Missionary Richard Harrell will be wed to Miss 
Kathy Kincarte on Saturday, August 7, 1982, at 10 
a.m. at the Community Grace Brethren Church of 
Whittier, Calif. This is the Saturday after national 
conference, and everyone is invited to attend. 

D The Grace Brethren Church of Kansas City, Mo., is 
again meeting with Leroy Munholland, pastor. 

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D The "thought-provoking" photograph is a picture 
of the bulletin board of the Grace Brethren Church of 
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., designed by Joe Taylor of that 

n A surprise twenty-fifth wedding anniversary cele- 
bration was held for Pastor and Mrs. Ron Thompson 
of the Patterson Memorial Church in Roanoke, Va. 
Daughters Angle and Melody arranged the wedding 
ceremony, officiated by Pastor Dayton Cundiff as 
the Thompsons renewed their marriage vows. At the 
reception a money tree was presented to the honored 
couple, which they used to purchase a microwave 
oven. Mrs. Ruth Dunkle of the Ghent Grace Brethren 
Church was the guest soloist for the occasion. 


JULY '82 


n News Flash from Yucca Valley, Calif.— "Recently a 
local newspaper said in the obituary column that Pas- 
tor Roger Mayes was going to be interred at the local 
cemetery on March 20— NOT SOI Sometimes you 
could get that idea from the paper that the Grace 
Brethren Church is dying off. It is easily understood 
when you learn that Pastor Mayes has had over 100 
funerals in two and a half years." He assures us only 
one has been from his church and that the church is 
alive and well. God has been blessing the church in 
such a great way that as of June 1 , the church went 
totally self-supporting. 

The pastor's uncle. Dr. Charles Mayes, began the 
church in late 1979 and served as pastor-teacher for 
four months. Then the present pastor began to 
serve and the Southern California/Arizona district 
began financial support. 

The Yucca Valley GBC expresses sincere apprecia- 
tion to the district for its financial support and for 
the brethren across America who have faithfully 
prayed. Yucca Valley is only 30 miles north of Palm 
Springs and you are invited to visit them during na- 
tional conference (a 15 degree cooler temperature 
is promised). 

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expire the same time as others from the church. 

The following weddings were performed at the Grace Breth- 
ren Church, Long Beach, Calif. David Hocking, pastor: 

Susan Wheaton and Mark Wells, March 13 

Helen Keith and Curtis Larkin, March 19 

Bonnie Miller and Jim Martin, March 20 
Emily Cashman and Casey Jones, Nov. 7. Bellflower Brethren 
Church. Edwin Cashman, pastor. 

Mr. and Mrs. Scott Melton, Jan. 16, Community Grace 
Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. Roscoe Williams, associate 

Sharon Wright and Steve Harmon, Jan. 16, Bellflower Breth- 
ren Church. Edwin Cashman, pastor. 

Lee Cashman and Bob Baldwin, Jan. 30, Bellflower Brethren 
Church. Edwin Cashman, pastor. 

Mary Ann Damon and Richard Smith, March 27, Grace 
Brethren Church, Osceola, Ind. Ward Miller, pastor. 
Denice Burns and Bill Bellomo, April 3, Bellflower Brethren 
Church, Bellflower, Calif. Edwin Cashman, pastor. 
Lorie Chapman and Bob Lansing, April 17, Bellflower 
Brethren Church, Bellflower, Calif. Edwin Cashman, pastor. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor, 

HUFFMAN, Anna, April 8, a member of the Grace Brethren 
Church of Osceola, Ind. Ward Miller, pastor. 
MORRILL, Ocy E., 96, March 25, a member of the LaVerne 
GBC for 60 years and one who had a multigeneration invest- 
ment in our Fellowship. David Belcher, pastor. 
OLT, Margaret, 90, April 16. She had been a faithful member 
of the First Brethren Church of Dayton, Ohio, for 68 years. 
Forrest Jackson, pastor. 

RADFORD, Henry, 72, May 4. He pastored the Boones Mill 
Chapel, and then founded and became the pastor of the 
Garden City Grace Brethren Church of Roanoke, Va., until 
his retirement a few years ago. He also served as interim 
pastor of the Wildwood Grace Brethren Church in Salem, Va. 
Memorial services were conducted by Kenneth Teague, pastor 
of the Ghent Grace Brethren Church of Roanoke, Va. 

RICH, Mrs. Anna, April 25. She was a member of the Bethel 
Brethren Church of Berne, Ind. Larry Edwards, pastor. 
SPRADLIN, Clyde, 61, April 29, a longtime member of the 
Grace Brethren Church of Sidney, Ind. Dr. D. Brent Sandy 
officiated at the memorial service. 

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War and preparation for war is the way of life in the Chad. 

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The younger generation has never known anything but war as a way of life. 

by Richard Harrell with Nora Macon 

Fighting. Bloodshed. Civil strife. Unending. 

War is a way of life in the Chad. Since gain- 
ing its independence in 1960, the country has 
been fighting a civil war, even though most 
people in the States have heard about it only 
in the last two years. 

Civil War 

A whole generation of young Chadians has 
never known anything but talk about war and 
being sent off to fight. Many, many parents 
have seen their children leave and not come 
back or return missing vital parts of their 

It's a difficult situation for me as a mission- 
ary to be involved in. In one sense, war is very 
good for evangelism. It is easier to make 
people realize that they do have a destiny that 
they need to take care of. Yet, it is hard get- 
ting the people to sit down and read the Word 
and meditate and grow spiritually while they 
are being moved about as soldiers or while 
they are the parents of soldiers and are con- 
cerned about their sons' well-being. 

Battle for Spiritual Growth 

A great need for the Chad is political stabil- 

The unsteady situation has had an effect on 
the church. The effect will be greater in the 
future if we don't have some intervention. 

We have a generation of young men who 
have always been uprooted and moved about. 
They do not have what we would consider to 
be real deep roots. They do have deep family 

roots but no deep spiritual, emotional roots 
that they must have to become church leaders. 

We have a few young men who, by the 
grace of'God, have avoided this problem and 
are making good pastors. But a pastor does 
not make a church. The pastor must have 
people who work with him. He has to have 
godly people who live godly lives to make the 
Body work. 

Most young men are not taking up the chal- 
lenge of godly living and moving into leader- 
ship positions. Their growth has been hin- 
dered. Satan uses this to disrupt the growth of 
the church. 

Now we are getting into a second genera- 
tion, because some of the men who fought 
earlier are home and they have children. And 
it's the same thing. We still have political un- 

Eleven different groups within the country 
want to take charge. When the coalition 
government was formed in 1980, all eleven 
groups were represented; everyone had a 
ministerial portfolio. Each had the power to 
veto anything that anyone else wanted to do. 
And that's what has happened. 

The Chad has been on hold for the last 
three years. There is no economic progress. 

In the southern part of the Chad, where I 
live, the people are able to grow food and live. 
But no possibility for economic progress 

The Grace Brethren are not in the Chad 
to aid in economic progress, but I do see the 
disruptions and unemployment caused by the 
war. These problems create spiritual unrest 
and uneasiness in the church as well as with un- 



JULY '82 



If we can find a way to key in on this prob- 
lem with unbelievers, we will have good evan- 
gelisnn. But I don't know what we will do 
with church members who are worried about 
where their next meal is coming from. The be- 
lievers are concentrating on their needs in- 
stead of the Lord. Satan is fighting a spiritual 
warfare in the lives of the believers. 

Advance of Islam 

Islam is making advances in the Chad, too. 
The country is divided ethnically between 
blacks and Arabs, half and half. The Arabs 
have all of the money and most of the pres- 

It is a great temptation for young blacks to 
think that they can align themselves with this 
group and become rich and famous. We have 
some young men who do that. Fortunately, 
the majority of the population sees that kind 
of alliance does not work. What the black 
ends up doing is indenturing himself as a ser- 
vant and hoping that some of the material 
success will rub off. The Arab is very careful 
that it never happens. 

The Arab does not have much respect for 
the black. Thus, there is no real attempt at 
evangelism by the Moslems (Arabs). But the 



Moslems have the power and prestige and are 
on a higher social level, so many people are 
drawn over to them. 

Islam is a problem. It's a very aggressive 

Internal Feud 

Even though Islam is not totally united 
around the world, probably no more than two 
sects exist in the Chad. Whereas, with Chris- 
tianity, you have Baptists, Plymouth Breth- 
ren, nondenominational, interdenominational, 
Grace Brethren, and on and on. Sometimes 
we seem to be fighting among ourselves more 
than we are worried about outside groups. 

It often seems like the Christian groups are 
having a go-at-it; while Islam is just kick-back, 
having a good time and making gains. I'm not 
saying that we ought to cooperate totally and 
join together with all other professing Chris- 
tian groups, but we need to be aware of who 
the enemy really is. 

In Spite of War, Great Potential Exists 

Yes, there are problems and enemies in the 
Chad, but the potential for doing something 
great for the Lord is great. 

The population isn't large (four million 
people in the country), but most of the 
people live in the south. Of course, we are not 
located in a population center, such as a city, 
however we live in the most populated area of 
the Chad. 

More little villages than you can imagine 
are near where I live. As a matter of fact, 
there is one road I travel quite frequently 
where I am never out of sight of a house for 
15 to 20 miles. 

We have real potential, real possibilities. 
There is a natural desire on the part of the 
Kabba and Laka tribes for spiritual truth. We 
have had great success with those groups with 
the Gospel. Other groups don't respond as 

For example, FMS has been witnessing in 
the M'Boum and Kabba/Lake tribes since 
1935. We have four churches and two pastors 
in the M'Boum area. None of the churches has 
more than 200 people in it. In the Kabba/ 
Laka area we have 46 churches and 43 
pastors. That gives you an idea of how the 
Kabba/Laka group has responded to the Gos- 
pel. What great potential! 

If we could have 12 missionary men or 
couples (I've asked the Lord for 10 new men 

A few young men ar&saccepting the challenge of godly living. 

Men need to be trained to assume the leadership of the Chadian church. 

by 1990), we could achieve new levels of 
church planting and development. 

Battle for Time 

That's another battle here in the Chad-I'm 
the only missionary right now and so many 
needs fight for my time and attention. If 
more missionaries were serving, new areas of 
ministry could be opened. 

Les and Ruth Vnasdale will be arriving in 
the Chad in 1983. They will be great assets to 
the work, but for their first term they will be 
adjusting and becoming familiar with the cul- 
ture. Not that they won't be doing anything 
in the ministry, but their second term will 
begin their main involvement in the work. 

If we had more missionaries, they could be 
divided into two areas— education (the Bible 
school system, continuing education for pas- 
tors, and church members) and outreach. We 
have several nomadic tribes in the Chad who 
need to be evangelized. As far as I know, the 
Grace Brethren have had no converts among 
these peoples, whose religious practice is a 
cross between animism and Islam. 

We also need to work with the high school 
and college students. These young people are 
away from home; they may not have lived 
with their parents from age six. They just go 

to school and go to school and go to school. 

If we had missionaries to go into a specific 
region of the country, work with a pastor and 
train him, then I think we could get some 

As a single missionary, I would have to 
have three or four lifetimes to begin to ac- 
complish that. 

But future accomplishment is not to be 
found in the missionary's going out and doing 
the work— the future is in the missionary's go- 
ing out and beginning the work, then involv- 
ing pastors and discipling them to do the 

We have to train the pastors to do things 
that they aren't doing. I can tell them that 
things need to be done, and they won't do it. 
However, if I start doing something and they 
watch me, it isn't very long until they want to 
do it themselves. 

Missionary leadership, yes. Missionary con- 
trol, no. 

When youth camps are held, I am never the 
director of the camp. I always make a young 
pastor director. Whatever administrative de- 
cisions need to be made, he makes. I'm there 
to teach a class. Of course, he will discuss 
with me some difficult decisions, but he de- 
cides for the average things. (Continued on page 18) 


JULY '82 


(Continued from page 17) 

That way, I know that when I'm not there, 
he can run the camp. I know that he will have 
camp even when I'm on furlough. The youth 
work will continue. They won't wait for me 
to come back and take up the work, because 
it is not my work-it's their work. 

Great potential lies in the Chad, but the 
lack of missionary personnel is one of the 
major problems that we face in implementing 
the vision for the future of the work. 

The Language Battle 

Another battle we face in the Chad is lan- 
guage. The mission work is all in Sango. But 
Sango is a foreign language in the Chad. 

Fifty different dialects are spoken. The 
national radio uses three languages: French, a 
dialect of Arabic, and Sara. Sara is the major 
black dialect in the south. The languages used 
in daily conversation are Kabba and Laka, 
dialects of the Sara group. 

The work is done in Sango, because it was 
started back when the Chad and the Central 
African Republic were one country— French 
Equatorial Africa. Sango was the trade lan- 
guage. Upon independence, the C.A.R. 
adopted Sango as its national language, but 
for the Chad it was not a viable option be- 
cause of the size and expanse of the country. 

The Bible we use is in Sango, all our les- 
son materials are in Sango, and our men take 
their training in Sango. 

Yet, the churches do not use Sango. 

The Scriptures are read in Sango, then 
translated into Laka or Kabba. The sermon is 
always in Laka or Kabba. When I preach, I use 
Sango (because I do not yet know Laka), but 
someone interprets it into Laka. 

We need to get our work into the Laka lan- 

I speak Sango in my daily routine, but I use 
it only about half the time and then when I'm 
speaking with the pastors or teaching a class. I 
use it not because they understand it best, but 
because they have to learn Sango. The pastors 
and students must learn Sango before they 
can go on to any level of Bible school. 

The rest of the time, I speak French. I 
would like to speak Laka; that's my project 
for next term. 

Many other languages exist. For example, 
the M'Boum language is completely different 
from Kabba and Laka. In order for someone 
to minister effectively in that group, he would 
have to learn M'Boum. 

Fighting the War 

Various wars and battles do exist in the 
Chad; some we can do something about, some 
we can't. In all situations, though, we can 
pray. And I ask that you do pray. 

In regard to the civil war within the Chad, 
pray for political stability and for safety for 
the believers and pastors. Ask the Lord to 
help the believers grow spiritually in spite of 
the adverse conditions. 

Pray for the rebuff of Islam in the country. 
Pray that the Lord will use the Christian in- 
fluence to help in this regard. 

A great dearth of missionaries exists in the 
Chad. Pray for more missionaries (10 men by 
1990). Pray for the Vnasdales as they com- 
plete their language study and arrive in the 
Chad in 1983. Pray for me (Richard Harrell) 
as I minister in the Chad. 

Since no material currently exists in the 
Kabba or Laka languages, ask the Lord that 
the Bible and study materials could be pro- 
duced in those languages. Also pray for me as 
I learn Kabba next term. 

Prayer is a mighty weapon in the battle. 
Please take up the battle in behalf of your 
missionaries. ■ 

Rev. Richard 

Put on the full armor of God, that you may be 
able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the 
Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all 
perseverance and petition for all the saints, and pray 
on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in 
the opening of my mouth, to make known with 
boldness the mystery of the gospel. 

Ephesians 6:11, 18-19 


JULY '82 


with the Lord 

Mrs. Ada Taber faithfully and lovingly 
served her Lord all her life. The Lord took 
this devoted follower home to be with Him 
on May 3, 1982. 

Ada Dolores was born to Charles and Eliza- 
beth Zellner in Allentown, Pennsylvania, on 
July 8, 1905. She was graduated from Allen- 
town High School in 1925 and from Ashland 
College in 1927. Her major interests were 
Bible, Greek, and vocal music. 

On April 13, 1927, she married Floyd W. 
Taber. Early that fall they went to France to 
study and prepare themselves for service on 
the field in what was then French Equatorial 
Africa. They were in France for nine years, 
and Dr. Taber took all of his medical training 
there, receiving his M.D. from the University 
of Paris. Mrs. Taber studied French intensive- 
ly and received the "Diplome Superieur" 
from the Alliance Fran^aise, enabling her to 
teach in the French school system and French 

During her nine years in France, Mrs. Taber 
was a gracious hostess to many visiting mis- 
sionaries and to many French neighbors and 
friends. She was an excellent cook, having 
learned French culinary skills. 

Following the years in France, the Tabers 
returned to the States for a visit before going 
on to th^e field. Arriving in Oubangui-Chari 
(French Equatorial Africa) in December of 
1937, they served without interruption— ex- 
cept for ten months spent in French govern- 
ment medical service during World War 11— un- 
til July, 1973. They lived at Yaloke (1937- 
1954) and Boguila (1954-1973). 

Ada was active in the training of African 
young men, first in the "Monitors School" 
for child evangelism workers and later in the 
Elementary Bible Schools where students 
were prepared for the Bible Institute. She 
produced textbooks and visual aids for use in 
these schools and Sunday school literature, 

Mrs. Taber was a highly skilled, intelligent, 
dedicated, and demanding teacher— even to 
her own children. For all of her career as a 
missionary, she was deeply involved. A life- 
long student of the Scriptures, she studied 
Greek and Hebrew and participated in the 
Sango Bible translation work. 

She taught French at Grace College while 
on furloughs and at Lakeland Christian Acad- 
emy in Warsaw, Indiana, during retirement. 
Mrs. Taber also tutored missionary candidates 
and appointees in French up until the week 
before her death. 

The Tabers' two older children, Charles and 
Marguerite, were born in France, and the two 
younger ones, Lois and Allan, were born in 
Africa. Dr. Floyd Taber preceded Ada in 
death on February 12, 1979. Mrs. Taber made 
the missionary residences her home until her 
homegoing. She lived a rich, full life of almost 
77 years. 

By the testimony of those who knew her 
best, her own family and missionary col- 
leagues, Mrs. Taber was a most gracious hostess 
to droves of unexpected guests and a dear 
mother to several generations of students in 
Africa and the United States and to many 
younger missionaries and candidates as well as 
to her own children. 

She made important contributions to her 
home church, the Lehigh Valley Grace Breth- 
ren Church, as well as to the Winona Lake 
Grace Brethren Church, where she attended 
during her retirement. 

Mrs. Ada Taber was a Christian of strong 
convictions and always totally loyal to the 
Lord whom she loved above all. ■ 


JULY '82 


Salary and taxes 


Field budget 

Furlough expense 

Promotional expense 





Personal Support 

by Jesse Deloe 

"Thirty -two thousand! Really! 
That's how much one missionary 
makes in a year?" 

That's the reaction often heard 
when support figures are mentioned. 
Most of us would consider $32,000 
a really great salary, wouldn't we? 
There are probably not many 
donors to Grace Brethren Foreign 
Missions that make that much 
money, so the question is legitimate. 
Let's try to understand what an 
annual support level of $32,000 
actually means. 

First of all, that figure repre- 
sents the total support costs for a 
family-not the salary of an indi- 


vidua!. Secondly, not every mis- 
sionary family has the same support 
figure. It varies from field to field, 
because costs on the various fields 
are different and there are varying 
rates of inflation and dollar ex- 
change. Thirty-two thousand might 
represent the 1982 support level for 
a couple with two children in the 
Central African Republic. But the 
same family in Germany or north 
Brazil would require only $26,000. 
Here are some facts for you to 
consider about personalized sup- 

1. All missionaries begin at the 
same base salary level. There are 
small increments for years of serv- 
ice, so a missionary who has served 
with FMS for 30 years gets a higher 

personal allowance than a first-y 

2. All monies paid to the r 
sionary are augmented by a o 
of-living supplement as indicated 
financial tables provided by expf 
in economic affairs. In other wo 
we try to provide equal spenci! 
power regardless of the countrv 
service. These rates are checi 

3. In addition to the persona 
lowance (salary) missionaries v' 
children have additional costs ' 
are paid by the Society (and 1 
become a part of their supi 
level). The largest such expensi 
usually schooling which may fi 
volve the costs of corresponde) 
courses or sending the students 
school location away from homt 

JULY '82 



, The following are other items 
ded in the support level which 
lot part of personal allowance 
are received only when and if 
: transportation to and from 
field, housing, retirement pro- 
I, medical expenses (80 percent 
rst $1,000; 100 percent above 
I, and transportation on the 
(including purchase of ve- 

, A portion of support funds is 
for promotional expense (the 
Id, Foreign Mission Echoes, 
onary itineration on furlough, 
er letters, and so forth), but 
\ of the support funds are used 
administrative or home office 
nses; these are cared for by 
ral fund offerings or undesig- 
d gifts. 

. Finally, the support level in- 
5S the missionary's portion of 
costs needed to carry on his 
stry on the field. In other 
is, all the budgeted expenses 
i given field are divided by the 
ber of missionaries on that 
, and that figure becomes a 
of the support level. Here's 
the support level for one field 
broken down in actual costs for 

alary and taxes . . . $6,780 

ledical 347 

etirement 390 

ravel 788 

chooling 845 

uriough expense . . 599 

romotionai expense . 1 ,027 

ield budget 3,178 

liscellaneous 577 

Total $14,531 

hat figure was the average for 
missionary on a particular field 
981. For a couple it would 
ly double. Other field averages 
ed that year from $11,025 to 

his information is provided to 
you understand a little better 
matter of personal support 
s. Our missionaries are certain- 
pt overpaid, but the costs of 
ing them on the field conduct- 
an effective ministry are very 

jhanks for standing with us in 
[vork of the Great Commission ! 

Update on the Cameroon 

After eight months of ministry 
in the Cameroon, Marvin and 
Dorothy Goodman have come to an 
end (or is it just an interruption?) 
in that work. At a meeting with the 
Director of Immigration, the offi- 
cial informed the Goodmans that 
they should plan to leave the 
country before their visa expired on 
March 13. 

The explanation given was that a 
Residence Permit could not be 
granted until the churches with 
which they were working were offi- 
cially recognized by the govern- 
ment. This has always been the 
crux of the matter. The churches' 
second application for recogni- 
tion was rejected and returned by 
the head government official at 
Garoua. This man has been instru- 
mental in the rejection of both ap- 
plications submitted by the chur- 
ches. Other prominent men in the 
local government have been quite 
favorable, but this man happened 
to hold the key position in the con- 
sideration of the churches' recog- 

What is the future for our 
churches in the Cameroon? The 
pastors and churches are very un- 
happy to see the missionaries leave, 
and they are somewhat discouraged. 
But they are not giving up! They 

don't know what the future holds, 
but they have confidence in the 
One who holds the future. 

Two possibilities are seen. The 
head government official is due to 
be replaced in the near future, and 
the churches plan to resubmit their 
application to his successor. Also, 
the churches may apply to the 
authorities in the capital city of 
Yaounde. This may be possible 
since Mbanga David, a Cameroon 
citizen who has been a prominent 
layman in one of our Bangui chur- 
ches, has now returned to his home 
area which is Yaounde. He is very 
anxious to start a Brethren church 
there. He hopes to apply for recog- 
nition of the church in Yaounde 
where he has contacts with some of 
the key government officials. Per- 
haps the Lord will use this man to 
be the wedge for recognition of all 
our Brethren churches. 

The Goodmans are working on 
the revision of the Sango Bible 
which is challenging work. They are 
moving to the Boguila station and 
will be providing counseling and re- 
fresher Bible courses to the pastors 
and churches of the Markounda and 
Paoua districts, which have been 
lacking in this ministry for many 
years. ■ 

16 Missionaries and Appointees 
Leave This Summer 

Will you pray for these people as they prepare for service, 
arrive on the field, and become involved in nnissionary work? 

Gary and Jean Austin— C. A. R., returning to worl< in ciiurcti development 
Dan and Nancy Green— South Brazil, language study and church planting 
Dave and Cindy Kowaike— Great Britain, p/oneer work in church planting 
Paul and Berta Kuns— C.AM., support ministries (mechanic and secretary) 
Dan and Denise ?<amsey— Germany , language study and church planting 
Tom and Susan Sharp— Mexico City, language study and church planting 
Phil and Elinor Steele-Great Britain, p/o«ee/- work in church planting 
Dr. Bill and Donna Walker— C. A. R., medical work 

Please pray that all their financial needs will be met. 

CE Headlines 

GBC Christian Education 
Board Members 

John Willett, Worthington, OH 

Bernie Simmons, Lititz, PA 

David Plaster, Warsaw. IN 

Ed Cashman, Bellflower, CA 

Galen Wiley, Minerva, OH 

Chuck Davis, Brookville. OH 

Michael Grill, Wir)ona Lake. IN 

Roy Halberg, Sacramento. CA 

James Poyner, Port Richey. FL 

Randy Poyner, Hagerstown, MD 

Mick Rockafellow, Elizabethtown. PA 

Bill Snell, Martinsburg, PA 

Sonny Thayer, Mansfield. OH 

Roger V^amhoM, Philadelphia. PA 

Milan Yerkovich, Mission Viejo, CA 

150 Involved in Time Programs; Record for CE Summer Ministries 

First "NEHEMIAH" Mission Builds in Brazil 

^udij ^^s/imati ma/i/iicg/ uVloui ^l/ts. ^icfc xl^aiAman 

Adult Bible Fellowship Care Program 
and ABF Handouts Adopted by Many 

SMM "Girl of the Year" to be Named 
August 3 at National Youth Conference 

Scripture Press Teacher Development 
Offered at National CE Convention 

CE Baptism Slide-tape Presentation 
Shows Beauty of Water Symbol 

GDC Christian Education 

Box 365, Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Tel. 219/267-6622 

Pastor Knute Larson 

Executive Director 

8-Track System 


1 . Church Growth 

"Leadership Responsibilities in Church 

Growth"— Rev. Carl George 

2 "The Caring System "—Pastor Edwin Cashman 
and deacon staff, Bellflower Brethren 

3. "Women of Joy and Praise"— Miss Nancy 

DeMoss, Director of Life Ministries 

T. D. S. — Teacher Development Seminars 

Presented by Scripture Press 

4. Sunday School Administrators— Ray Syrstad 

5. Pre-School Education— Mrs. Laura Stewart 

6. Children's Education— Richard Williams 

7. Youth Education— Jay Vincent 

8. Adult Education — Lewis Lawton 

You are invited! 


The "Menders Ministry" at the Community GBC, Wf 
saw, Indiana, our "CE Idea of the Year" for last conferen 
year, continues to grow and expand its influential ministrl 
for people who have been through divorce. 

The program started as a concern of Leon Waggoner, 
divorced man feeling plenty of guilt and a lot of alonene: 
and Pastor David Plaster, a biblical teacher seeking to app^ 
Galatians 6:1 to the situation— 

Brethren, even if a man is caugtit in any trespass, 

ye who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of ' 

gentleness; looking to yourselves, lest you too be 


Emphasis on "restore." 

The menders lessons, which have been taken by abc 
40 now, include individual studies on pride, loneline. 
guilt, revenge, insecurity, and other things that go with t 
package called divorce. "We know God hates it," said o 

Bare Beginnings 

The Great Commission is marching 
jrders for all who wish to glorify God in 
the church— and the first two steps are 
the winning and the wetness. "Make 
Jisciples . . . baptizing them." 

Then comes the lifelong work— 
"teaching them to observe" all Christ 
iaid. That is the continual work of Chris- 
tian ed, and why we are here. 

Conversion is just the beginning. 
3arely. ■ 

The Greatest 

If life were just programming, all we 
would need is a datebook. 

But life is meant to be love, and for 
that we need an example. We have Him, 
and His Word. 

Though I teach accurate facts, and 
use many skills as a communicator, but 
do not have love, I am Mr. Noise. 

Though I have the gift of youth spon- 
soring, and know all the age character- 
istics, but do not have love, I am zero. 

And if I give my house to be a haven 
of hospitality, and know all the church 
growth terms, it profits me nothing. 

Love is what we are about in Chris- 
tian education, or else we are about 
nothing. ■ 

Thank you 

Your gifts and prayers for our GBC Christian 
Education ministries help so very much. 

As you help us, we help others. More and 
more graduates of TIME and Barnabas and 
Timothy are turning around now to staff and 
help missions and churches. More local CE 
programs are coming alive. Mothers Clubs and 
CE Youth Programs and singles ministries and 
caring programs are getting around. 

Thanks to you. 

'==^==¥<^\jjdOZ ^< 


in Christian ed, youth, and church growth 

1981 CE "Idea of the Year" Goin g Stron g 

Ministry a Year Later 

mber of the class. "We also know He does not hate di- 
ced people." The students are learning it in a personal 
i warm way, because they are sharing God's love and 
wing together in their search for His guidance and 
itual fellowship. 

Pastor Plaster spoke about his very conservative position 
divorce: "Most damage is done by attitude, not posi- 
n," he said. "I am very clear about our church stand on 
orce when I teach the class. But we must also minister 
people where they are, not punish them for the past." 
He and other church leaders are delighted that many 
m menders ministry are involved in prayer meeting, 
ler church ministries, socials. Leon Waggoner noted, 
his all started because I wanted to be a part of the 
Jrch family, and wanted that for other divorcees." 
The local divorce rate is extremely high, and, of course, 
! national rate is exploding. The divorce rate reached 50 

percent in 1980-that is, for every two weddings, there was 
one divorce. It was the single largest cause of suicide in men 
and women. In ten years, there will be one divorce for 
every marriage. 

Speaking of mending, 83 percent of divorced men and 
women remarry, with 75 percent to divorce again. So 
mending Is needed whatever happens! 

Ninety-three percent of children from broken homes di- 
vorce when they marry, so the menders ministry is seeking 
to be a special help for those children who get Into that 
hard choice position. Every month there is a family night, a 
separate evening for the children and adults to get together. 

The menders also sponsor a "whatever" night once a 
month, when Bible study and discussion on whatever topic 
someone chooses are held. 

We congratulate this "Idea" church for continuing to ex- 
pand their mending! ■ 

Photo of downtown 
Loysville, Pennsyl- 
vania, where church 
is located. 

A New Church Is Born 

By Harold Hollinger, President of Grace Brethren Men, Inc. 

The Bible teacher for these 

classes is Harold Hollinger, 

national president of 

Grace Brethren Men and 


One of the primary goals of the national IVIen's Fellowship is to encourage men in minis- 
try. What a joy and privilege it has been for me to be the Bible teacher of this class as it 
began last September in the home of Tim and Janet Smith near Blaine, Pennsylvania. In 
January of this year the Bible class was moved to the basement of the Loysville post office 
where it is presently meeting. I am thankful for Rev. Mick Rockafellow, my pastor, who 
helped and encouraged me in this ministry. Men, I know that not all Bible study classes be- 
come new GBCs. As the Lord gives opportunity, why not accept the challenge of such a 
ministry? ■ 


JULY '82 i 


National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Men, Inc. 

Faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" 2 Timothy 2:2 


April 25, 1982, was the night this Bible study class officially 
became the Grace Brethren Church of Sherman's Valley. 

Harry and Ida Book are two of 
the charter members of the new- 
formed church. 

Picture of congregation taken outside post office building where meetings are held. 

SiJULY '82 


=Flora Indiana, GBC, 

Grace Brethren Boys 

by Pastor Don Taylor 

Three-time Boy of the Month 
Winner, Andy Jervis 

Two of the very few who have attained the Gold Star of the Border- 
man Rank. David Lord (left) and Donald Taylor (right). 

Unit 6 Awards Ceremony 

A new program began last year 
at the Grace Brethren Church, 
Flora, Indiana. We call it "Boy of 
the IVIonth," and three different 
boys have been awarded that honor 
since we began in September. 

One of our boys, however, has 
won the honor three months in a 
row. The boy is Andy Jervis. 

Andy is twelve years old, the son 
of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Reef. He is 
in the sixth grade at the Delphi 
Middle School and is interested in 
baseball and in building "things." 
He has been involved in GBB for 
three years and is just beginning his 
work on the Adventurer Rank. 

Each boy attending GBB is 
awarded points for coming to GBB, 
for attending church and Sunday 
school, for being in uniform and on 
time, for bringing his Bible and 
book, and for passing achievements. 

A special trophy was awarded to 
Andy for his faithfulness and excel- 
lent work. ■ 


The music stopped, the boys 
bearing the flags came down the 
aisle and posted them at the front 
of the church, the pledges to the 
flags followed. 

The lights in the auditorium 
were turned out and the leader 
began . . . "This candle represents 
Christ, the light of the world . . . 
this gold candle represents the 
quality of our service for our Lord: 
"For we must all appear before the 
judgment seat of Christ . . ." (2 Cor. 

Two of our young men have 
reached a goal— one that few, so 
far, have reached. That is the goal 
of the gold star— signifying the com- 
pletion of the Borderman Rank. 

Borderman is the sixth rank, 
the last rank in the Boy's 
Adventurer program. When a 
young man reaches this point, he 
has gone through a well-rounded 
program. He has learned several 
Bible verses, earned six stars and 
knows the meaning and a verse for 
each. He has studied baptism and 
communion, inspiration, the 
Trinity and prayer. He has learned 
major Bible events and studied men 
who have helped others. The boy 
has been introduced to various 
Bible study tools and has done a 
research paper using them. He has 
read and studied the Gospel of 

John and been tested on it. 

The borderman has been 
involved in writing to and praying 
for a missionary. He has been in- 
volved in learning and using leader- 
ship skills in his GBB unit. He has 
also learned how to lead a boy to 
Christ, using the Roman's Road 

He has learned to face God's 
creation as a friend and not as 
an enemy. He has learned to look 
for God's handiwork in the world 
around him. 

He is a Borderman— he is a 

The two boys attaining this rank 
are David Lord and Don Taylor. 

David Lord is 16 years old, the 
son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lord. 
He is a sophomore at Lafayette 
Christian School and his hobbies 
are sports, especially basketball. He 
has been in GBB for three years. 

Don Taylor is also 16 years old, 
the son of Pastor and Mrs. Don 
Taylor. He is a sophomore at 
Carroll High at Flora, Indiana. His 
hobbies are model building and 
electronics. He began his GBB 
work in Ozark, Michigan, in 1976. 

To honor these young men, in 
addition to the gold star, they were 
awarded a special gold neckerchief. 

Congratulations, men! We are 
proud of you. ■ 


JULY '82! 

— Women Manifesting Qhnst — 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 



Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings 
Highway, Winona Lal<e, Indiana 46590 
(Tel. 219/267-7603) 

First Vice President 

Mrs. Robert (Althea) Miller, 5772 Karen 
Avenue, Cypress, California 90630 (Tel. 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Car- 
riage Lane, Powell, Ohio 43065 (Tel. 


Mrs. Fred (Margie) Devan, Jr., 2507 Van- 
couver Drive, N.W.. Roanoke, Virginia 
24012 (Tel. 703/366-2843) 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Donald (Marilyn) Weltmer, Route 
No. 1, Box 131, Gerradstown, West 
Virginia 25420 (Tel. 304/229-3920) 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut 
Avenue, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
(Tel. 219/267-7588) 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Route No. 1, 
Box 59, Lake Odessa, Michigan 48849 
(Tel. 616/693-2315) 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route No. 8, 
Box 297, Warsaw, Indiana 46580 (Tel. 


Miss Nora Macon, 109 Fourth Street, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 (Tel. 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut 
Street, Troy, Ohio 45373 (Tel. 513/ 

Mssionary SBtmaays 


(If no address is listed, the address will be found in the August/ 
September Foreign Missions ECHOES.,/ 


Mrs. Grace Pettman September 8 

Jay Farner September 19, 1974 


Erin Stallter September 8, 1981 

Mrs. Betty Hocking September 1 1 

Mr. John Ochocki September 23 

Miss Liia Sheely September 30 


Mrs. Alys Haag 

September 1 1 


Caryn Schrock . 

, September 22, 1977 


Miss Rosella Cochran September 1 

Miss Ruth Snyder September 8 

Mrs. Loree Sickel September 10 

Mrs. Eileen Miller September 18 

^f ^ IP 


WMC Operation and Publication Offering 

Goal: $8,000 

Due: September 10, 1982 

by Verna Birkey 

/ am God's own special treasure, 
One who's precious in His sight. 
He has set His love upon me 
And in Him my soul delights. 

I'm so weak, but He sustains me, 
Gives me strength for every day. 
My Companion every moment. 
He is with me all the way. 

How I praise Him, how I praise Him! 


JULY '82 

27 i 

Meet Your WMC Officers 

Sally Neely 

National Prayer Chairman 

I have been around for a number 
of years. After I was saved at age 
22, I went to the Bible Institute of 
Pennsylvania evening school (now 
Philadelphia College of the Bible). 
It was here that my husband, John, 
and I met Grace Brethren people. 
We had never before heard of the 
Brethren Church. 

We were attending the Tenth 
Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia 
where Dr. Donald G. Barnhouse 
was pastor. Needless to say, we got 
into some deep discussions with the 
Brethren group. 

However, they got us to attend 
the First Brethren Church by invit- 
ing my hubby to be the special 
music one Sunday night. He played 
a "mean" trumpet, having been in a 
jazz band before he met Christ. 

A quartet was formed at the 
Bible Institute, and my husband 
sang in it. One of the members was 
from the First Brethren Church, so 
the quartet was invited to sing there 
several times. We really found these 
folks to be ultra-friendly, and soon 
we were attending Tenth Presbyter- 
ian Church on Sunday mornings 
and First Brethren on Sunday eve- 

nings. After the evening service, a 
group usually went somewhere for 
coffee, and we were included. We 
appreciated the fellowship. 

Eight years later we were bap- 
tized and came into the fellowship 
of the First Brethren Church in 
Philadelphia. It was from this 
church that we left in 1946 for 
Grace Theological Seminary. John 
claimed that the Lord spoke to him 
before this time about full-time 
service, but he did not have the 
faith to step out. Now, with a wife 
and two children, he got the faith. 
So, off to Grace we went. 

Our experiences there would fill 
a book. There were many hard 
times but lots of rejoicing as we 
learned to trust the One who had 
given His all for us. 

We served in the pastorate for 25 
years, six of these years with the 
Brethren Messianic testimony. 
Then, the Lord took my John to 
heaven. What a shock, but I believe 
God decided John was tired and 
needed a good rest. 

So that left me alone, humanly 
speaking. The children were mar- 
ried and had their own families and 

homes. I know they were deeply 
concerned about Mother. I was con- 
cerned, too! Now I had to make de- 
cisions by myself. No mate to talk 
things over with, and when you are 
used to doing that, it certainly 
makes a difference. 

I really found out what it means 
to lean on Someone! And, lean I 
did and continue to do so today. 
"Learning to lean, learning to lean; 
learning to lean on Jesus . . . ." Try 
it— it's wonderful! 

He has been so faithful to me. 
He never lets me down, and I am 
sure He gets discouraged with me 
lots of times. I am thankful that I 
am one of His and in His sight. I am 
special! Hallelujah! What a wonder- 
ful God we have. 

I have appreciated serving as 
your Prayer Chairman these past 
two years. It is good to be used, 
and God knows the therapy we 

I still get a thrill when someone 
says, "I've been praying for you!" 
That never makes me angry, so 
please keep all the WMC officers be- 
fore the Throne of Grace. We ap- 
preciate it. ■ 


As of April 10, 53,252.55 had come in for this special offering. 
Thank you for your faithful giving! 


JULY '82 



ational Assistant Financial 

love the Lord because he 
heard my voice and my sup- 
ion, JDecause he has inclined 
ar unto me, therefore will I 
jpon him as long as I live" 
n 116:1-2). 
learned these verses in sixth 

in VBS. Although at the time 
; not a Christian, those verses 
ined with me until I did accept 
.ord at age 19. These verses are 

precious, because He never 
even though many times we 

n glad the Lord takes us as we 
nd accepts us as we are. He is 
■ul although many times we 


/ husband is pastor of the 
J Brethren Church in Lake 
sa, Michigan. We have five chil- 

Tim, our oldest, is 22 and is 
ding a Christian college in 
d Rapids, Michigan. Phil is 19 
is working in a local grocery 
; Becky is 16 and in high 
)l; Mark is 14 and is an eighth 
T. We had a daughter Lisa 
n the Lord saw fit to take to 
ith Him at age 4. 
sa had leukemia. She was a 
ous child who loved the Lord 

with all her heart. Many times 
ig her illness we had to call 

Him, and truly He heard our 
s and supplications. He sus- 
d us during 13 months of her 
s. We always felt His arms up- 
ng us during this trying time. 
any other verses are favorites 
Ine, but I am thankful for the 
tion Bible School teacher who 

the time to teach me Psalm 
1-2 many years ago. ■ 





Dear WMC Ladies, 

We have returned to the Central African Republic. What was 
originally planned as a short vacation to see our daughter in the 
United States, turned into a stay twice as long, because it was 
discovered that I needed surgery. God's perfect timing shows 
that He knows our needs before we do. He knew that it was 
best for me to be in the States at that time. 

Last year, when we were still in Africa, I was perusing a 
Herald magazine that had just arrived. As I was reading the 
WMC pages, a very familiar face looked back at me. I saw that I 
was chosen to be one of the WMC Birthday Missionaries. This is 
a crowning blessing to one who is soon to be retirement age. 
It just does not seem possible that it could be taking place so 
soon ! 

I want to thank each one of my WMC sisters for honoring me 
as a Birthday Missionary. When I think of all the love that is 
behind and on all sides of this act, I humbly say thank you. As 
one of the missionary family, I know how many, many people 
and projects you have helped with your loving generous offer- 
ings. Thank you so much. 

When we arrived back here in Africa, it was with many mixed 
emotions and memories. For the last two and a half years our 
ministries have been in a different environment. From 1952 we 
had been working in the bush country. Now we are living in the 
capital city of Bangui. Many are the challenges— no more than 
in the bush, but different. 

We, like all of God's workmen, need His wisdom so that we 
will be effective in declaring His truths. It is great to be in this 
work with you. 

Yours in Christ, 

Mrs. Lois Miller 


JULY 82 


—Pray for your district representative to 
national WMC board meetings to be held in 
Palm Springs, California, Monday, August 2. 
She will represent you in many important 
decisions. Support her in every way. 

—Be planning now for the fall missions 
conference in your church or area. Stock 
your missionary chest now. Here are some 
suggestions of which missionaries heartily 

Two to three members of a WMC go to- 
gether on some large items (large Tupper- 
ware containers, pans, baking sheets, 
material for sewing, hand tools, and so 

Write to the missionaries coming to your 
area ahead of time for their personal needs. 
Perhaps the entire council could go to- 
gether on one larger item. 

Take the missionary shopping. 

Give the missionary a gift certificate for 
the local Christian bookstore. 

Money gifts are always appreciated, too, 
for the items that need to be purchased per- 

—Start thinking about why you do things 
the way you do in your WMC meetings. Tra- 
ditions are great, but don't let your meetings 
become dull or boring because "We've 
always done it that way." Think of some 
fresh, new ways to invigorate your meetings. 

by Mrs. Linda Hall 

Westminster, California 

My children consistently illustrate precious biblical 
truths for me. One of the verses which they have helped 
me transfer from mind to heart is, "If you love Me, you 
will keep My commandments" (John 14:15). 

I desire my daughters to do as I tell them; while be- 
lieving and understanding that I want what is best for 
them. If they love me, they will listen to me and learn. 
My Heavenly Father examines my behavior in the same 
way. He made me, and He has a plan for my life. He 
says that if I love Him, I will do what He asks. I will 
want to be like Him. 

The other afternoon I exhibited a little impatience 
over my four-year-old Andrea's slightly clumsy effort to 
help me use a lint brush. I suggested that perhaps I 
would do the job myself. 

Hurt, she exclaimed, "I want to be a mommy like 
you when I grow up. How can I, if I don't learn?" Be- 
cause I felt so happy that she wants to be like me, I 
allowed her to help me even though the task took longer 
to complete. 

I believe that Jesus is pleased with my efforts to fol- 
low His example, including those attempts which are 
awkward. He simply asks me to do my best, to try 
sincerely. He is willing to take the time to perfect a 
good work in me. 

When I feel disappointed over a child's rebellion, I 
experience in a minute way how Christ must view my 
acts of disobedience. I believe that I love my children as 
much as a human being can, but Christ's love for me 
caused Him to lay down His life. How significant is my 
obedience to Him! 

Just as I want my children to express their obedience 
through love, so does my Lord demand my love and 
obedience. "If you love Me," He tells me, "you will 
keep My commandments." ■ 

'JULY '82 


Art Exhibit winners In the eighth annual Grace College juried art competition this past spring included, 
from left: Kevin Carter, Melodie Tom, Sharon Shaffer and John Woods. They are standing on either side of 
John's oil painting entitled "John 3:16," which was awarded Best of Exhibit honors. (Photo by Vance 

Juried Art Exhibit Honors 

A collection of the finest works of Grace College 
art students were featured in the school's eighth an- 
nual juried art exhibit held in the Colonial Hall Art 
Gallery during the closing weeks of the recent spring 

Best of Exhibit was awarded for sophomore John 
Wood's oil painting, "John 3:16." This painting, by 
the native of Mitchell, Indiana, depicts the crucifixion 
of Christ. 

Winner of three first place awards was senior Jeff 
Moine, member of the First Brethren Church, Ritt- 
man, Ohio, pastored by Rev. Robert Russell. He was 
awarded Best in Oil Painting, "Corpuscle"; Best in 
Watercolor, "Rogue's Hollow"; and Best in Ceramics, 
"Stone Casserole." Jeff lives in Wadsworth, Ohio. 

Other first place winners included sophomore 
Melodie Tom of Leesburg, Indiana; junior Sharon 
Shaffer of Lincoln, Nebraska; and junior Kevin Carter 
of Kokomo, Indiana. Carter won Best in Printmaking, 
"Fire Chief"; and Best in Photography, "Lakeside 
Treasure." Melodie also was awarded two firsts— Best 
in Drawing, "Concentration"; and Best in 2-D, "The 
Lord Is My Portion." Sharon received Best in 
Sculpture honors for her work entitled "Ebony 

Second place awards included: Printing, "Beyer 
Home" by Kevin Carter; Watercolor, untitled by 
senior Kevin Konyha, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 2-D 

Design, untitled by John Woods; Ceramics, "Krater" 
by John Woods; Drawing, "Michael McDonald" by 
freshman Jill Hamell, Syracuse, Indiana; Oil Painting, 
"Rocky Coast" by freshman Denise Soliday, Nap- 
panee, Indiana; Printmaking, "Way Down Upon, The" 
by junior Deborah Ann Smith, Warren, Michigan; 
Photography, "Study of Warsaw Cut Glass" by Kevin 

In all, 34 works were entered in the juried com- 
petition by 17 students. The juror for the exhibit 
was Jane Fretz of Warsaw. Miss Fretz was one of the 
early graduates of Grace College's Art Department. 
She participated in the school's first juried exhibit, 
winning numerous awards including Best of Exhibit. 
After graduating from Grace with the BA in 1975, 
she went on to Rochester Institute of Technology 
where she received the MFA in 1978. Since that time 
she has been employed by the Brethren Missionary 
Herald Company, serving as art director for the 
Herald magazine. 

Cash donations for exhibit prizes were made by a 
number of individuals and firms from the Warsaw- 
Winona Lake community. Monetary prizes were pro- 
vided by Dr. and Mrs. John Davis, Dr. and Mrs. Steve 
Grill, Dr. and Mrs. Mike Grill, Mr. and Mrs. Tim 
Kennedy, Mr. and Mrs. Grant Kroes, Lake City Bank, 
Farmers State Bank, Herald Bookstore, First National 
Bank and People's State Bank. ■ 


JULY '82 

31 i 





Diane E. Dugas, Orlando, Fla. 
Robert Hugh Juday, Osceola, Ind. 


Chester N. Braham, Jr. Indianapolis, Ind. 
Keith A. Merriman, Indianapolis, Ind. 
Michael D. Weaver, Mansfield, Ohio 

Margaret H. Hull, Phoenix, Ariz. 


Craig D. Christner, Akron, Ohio 
Michael J. Mecurio, Jr., Mansfield, Ohio 
David M. Rodgers, Fort Myers, Fla. 


Gary L. Austin, Warsaw, Ind. 
William T. Betcher, Warsaw, Ind. 
Joseph J. Bishop, Ashland, Ohio 
Thomas J. Davis, Warsaw, Ind. 
G. Kevin Eady, Sidney, Ind. 
Jeffrey A. Gill, Warsaw, Ind. 
Dennis D. Huratiak, Etters, Pa. 
Robert E. Lance, Worthington, Ohio 
Garth E. Lindelef, Warsaw, Ind. 
Daniel S. Ramsey, North Canton, Ohio 
Mark E. Saunders, Waterloo, Iowa 
Ronald A. Smals, Warsaw, Ind. 
Joseph M. Thermilus, New Holland, Pa. 

Benjamin F.Collins, III, Warsaw, Ind. 


Ronald E. Manahan, Warsaw, Ind. 
George J. Zemek, Jr., Warsaw, Ind. 

Grace College 




Janice E. Bowers, Ashland, Ohio 
Bonnie L. Burke, Waterloo, Iowa 
Karen E. Coplen, Warsaw, Ind. 
Loretta J. Gottschalk, South Bend, Ind. 
Susan K. Holiday, Peru, Ind. 
Darlene J. Mohler, Modesto, Calif. 
Sandra L. Twombly, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Janet L. Walker, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Constance S. Whitcomb, Warsaw, Ind. 


Stephen M. Adriansen, 

Worthington, Ohio 
Roger A. Brashear, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Valerie L. Byers, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Marcia Flanagan, Wooster, Ohio 

Eldred J. Gillis, III, Sinni,Calif. 
David A. Guiles, Bethlehem, Pa. 

Daniel K. Hocking, Warsaw, Ind. 
Patricia S. Ide, Hatboro, Pa. 
Denise K. Patrick, Lake Odessa, Mich. 
Kevin R. Phillippi, Jenners, Pa. 

Thomas C. Schoyer, Columbus, Ohio 
Laurie A. Schumacher, Warsaw, Ind. 
Mark I. Sharp, Ankenytown, Ohio 

Ronald E. Smith, Jr., Armagh, Pa. 
Rodney B. Valentine, Dryhill, Ky. 
Mark L. Whitacre, Winchester, Va. 
Michael D. Wilkinson, Sacramento, 


Thomas E. Abbitt, Phoenix, Ariz. 
Carol A. Atkinson, Blacklick, Ohio 

Dwight H. Baker, Indianapolis, Ind. 

Karen E. Ball, Simi Valley, Calif. 
Robert W. C. Barlow, Worthington, 

Richard H. Battis, Jr., Fairlawn, Ohio 
Greg E. Binkerd, Peru, Ind. 

Soc. Studies 



Art Edu. 
Spanisti Edu. 

Bib. Studies 

Bib. Studies 

Bib. Lang. 

Physical Edu. 


Physical Edu. 


James O. Bower, Jr., Harrisburg, Pa. 

Barbara L. Boyer, Winona Lake, Ind. 

Joy L. Chapman, Warsaw, Ind. 
Dianna L. Compton, Licking County, 

Deanna C. Dennis, Aiea, Hawaii 
Jon W. Engelberth, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Nancy L. Erb, Lake Odessa, Mich. 
Lawrence Ernest, Osceola, Ind. 

Melinda A. Franchino, Winona Lake, 

Michael D.Funderburg, Jr., Warsaw, Ind 
Paul E. Givens, Jr., Kokomo, Ind. 
Steven L. Griffith, Telford, Pa. 
John D. Grube, Manheim, Pa. 
Robert S. Hurlburt, Mansfield, Ohio 
Brenda S. Kent, Waynesboro, Pa. 

Tamela L. Koser, Ashland, Ohio 

Julie A. Lesh, Waterloo, Iowa 

Ellen Jo M. Lilly, Mansfield, Ohio 
Bette M. Lindelef, Warsaw, Ind. 

Kelly L. Lukkes, Kent, Wash. 
Janice L. Manion, Simi Valley, Calif. 
Melanie C. Meads, North Canton, Ohio 
Jacki L. Miller, Winona Lake, Ind. 
Kathy L. Otto, Telford, Pa. 
Carol B. Percy, Lanham, Md. 
Stephen Placeway, Manheim, Pa. 
David J. Reinke, Ashland, Ohio 
David E. Rush, Sidney, Ind. 

Craig C. Shriner, Warsaw, Ind. 
Mark R. Sigsbee, Elkhart, Ind. 
Laura K. Sweeney, Worthington, 

Jana L. Thompson, Osceola, Ind. 
Gigi A. Watkins, Harrisburg, Pa. 
James A. Werito, Osceola, Ind. 
Karen L. Werner, Alexandria, Va. 
David J. Wood, Mount Laurel, N.J. 

Barbara J. Wooler, Telford, Pa. 
Nathan M. Zakahi, Aiea, Hawaii 



Ele. Edu. 

Ele. Edu. 
Gen. Science 
Physical Edu. 


. Chemistry 
Gen. Science 
Ele. Edu. 

Gen. Science 

Ele. Edu. 

Ele. Edu. 
Gen. Science 
Ele. Edu. 
Ele. Edu. 
Physical Edu. 
Ele. Edu. 
Music Edu. 

Ele. Edu. 

Speech Edu. 



Physical Edu. 



Physical Edu. 


Susan L. Michaels, Winona Lake, Ind. Music Edu. 


JULY '82 


^ News Notes 

Receives Fellowship 

Grace College Prof. Paulette Sauders, associate 
professor of English, has received notice that she will 
be given a doctoral fellowship during her sabbatical 
leave at Ball State University next year. She will teach 
a freshman composition course as a part of her fel- 

Resounding Brass at Notre Dame 

The Resounding Brass, under the direction of 
Grace College Prof. Dennis Herrick, was one of nine 
groups participating in a Festival of Brass at Notre 
Dame in April. Other schools included Eastman 
School of Music, Clarion State College; Michigan, Illi- 
nois, Michigan State, Akron, Evansville, and Notre 
Dame Universities. All participating groups were 
selected by audition. Each group presented a 35- 
minute performance and participated in a Master 
Class conducted by guest artists. 

$2,500 Fellowship Awarded 

Dr. Myron Yeager, associate professor of English 
at Grace College, is the recipient of a $2,500 summer 
fellowship. The William Andrews Clark Memorial 
Library Summer Post-Doctoral Fellowship is for work 
at U.C.L.A. where the Clark library specializes in 
eighteenth century literature. 

One of six to receive the award. Dr. Yeager's proj- 
ect will focus on Samuel Johnson's use of imagery in 
his Debates in Parliament and selected essays, a sub- 
ject related to his doctoral dissertation. ■ 





from the 

If you are an employee of a Matching Gift 
Company, pray about your gift to this bold 
step of faith. 

If not, talk to the personnel director of your 
company to see about a Matching Gift Pro- 


APRIL 1982 HONOR ROLL is as follows 


Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
3t"JULY B^i 

In Memory of : 
Mrs. Flora Boze 

l\/lrs. Franl< Poland 

Mrs. Shelby Wilson 
Mr. Rodney Beach 

Mrs. Hazel Shively 
Mr. Ted Legg 
Mr. John E. Hillard, Jr. 
Mrs. Harriet Ashman 

Mr. Ralph C. Lichtenwalter 

Frances Dove 

In Honor of : 

Mr. and Mrs. John B. Snider 
(50th Wedding Anniversary) 

Given by : 

Bethel Brethren Church 

Berne, Indiana 
Rev. William Schaffer 
Mr. Raymond Peterson 
Mr. G.W. Taylor 
Mr. and Mrs. Harold Eleasser 
Mr. and Mrs. Vaughn Steyer 
Thelma White 
Leila Polman 
Mrs. Diane Legg 
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Harten 
Grace Brethren Church 

Wooster, Ohio 
Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. 

Grace Brethren Church 

Alexandria, Virginia 

Given by : 

Mr. and Mrs. Jack J. Dillon 






It is necessary that a second large 
printing press be added. The cost 
will be $90,000. 

Remember this news item that appeared about a year and a half ago? 

The new press we purchased has printed several million impressions, and Home 
Missions, Foreign Missions, Grace Schools, Christian Education, WMC, Men's and 
Boys' Ministries materials have been published. It has been a useful tool to get the 
message of Christ and the Brethren Fellowship to thousands of people. 

We want to eliminate the debt on the press! Yes, we are ahead on the bank loan 
payments, but it does bother me when I consider the large amount of interest we 
have to pay each month. We could use these funds for much better purposes. So, 
let's work together to get the press paid for . . . and you can be a big help. When 
you prepare your church offering this week, designate an amount for the ministries 
of the Brethren Missionary Herald . . . whether the amount is large or small, it will 
really help! 

Our ministry could take on new projects if the funds were available. European 
literature and overseas printing could be expanded. We are also working with 
several communities in radio broadcasting. 

Our expansion plan is so simple, but it needs your support . . . just $5.00 A 
YEAR from each member of the national fellowship for printed Christian literature. 
How small a request can we make? 

So, if you have not given your $5.00 per member — do so this week! 

A promise — we will keep our presses rolling if you will pray and give! 

Yours for a growing Christian literature ministry, 

Charles W. Turner 
Executive Editor 

SS5=JULY '82 OO: 

'cMan^fuU J/iuy JSfot Se Ok^ (§uxcL^n of Edsn ^ui <Jt JJ^ 

rjfiE Xocution fox Dfi^ Dxss of Dfis J(noujUgs of ^ood. 

Perhaps when you graduated from college 
you were not keenly aware of God's call- 
ing into the Ministry of the Word. Now 
you deeply desire to serve the Lord in the 
Grace Brethren Church. The 
proving to many that it's never too late. 


a two dimensional education. The 
Theological side presents the scholar with 
the finest studies in Biblical Theology, 
Greek, and Preaching. 

The course spans two years of training in- 
volving 24 months of continuous study 
and practice. 

All classes are offered at night. Each par- 
ticipant will be needed in the local church 
ministry a minimum of ten hours per 
week, hence, the Practorium work pays 
the tuition costs. The expenses associated 
with this program are, therefore, minor. 

Dr. Herman Hoyt is the professor of 
Theology, with Dr. John Whitcomb 
teaching Old Testament. 

Pastor James Custer is in charge of 
Hermeneutics and Preaching. J. Hudson 
Thayer is President of the Practorium. 


begins again September 13, 1982. 

For Free Brochure Write 



531 Marion Avenue 

Mansfield, Ohio 44903 

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Reflections By Still Waters 

Pastor, I Would Like 

to Send You a 

$100 Ryrie NASB Bible! 

Church Members' 
Help Needed . . . 

Charles W. Turner 

Herald Ministries 

I am passing up my regular "Reflections" editorial for the first time in 1 1 years! 
I have a special reason for doing so. 

The Herald Ministries have been growing at an increasing rate. During the past 10 
years, income has gone from $400,000 to $1,450,000, and opportunities still abound! 

An important part of our growth has been made possible by the offerings of those 
persons in the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. We have established a goal of 
$5.00 per year from the members of our Fellowship. It is quite modest when you 
consider our printed material goes throughout the world. 

To call this goal to your attention and to get more people involved, we are going 
to send the finest Bible available to each pastor whose church reaches our goal. It is a 
$100.00 Ryrie New American Standard Bible with a beautiful leather cover. 

The qualifications for a pastor to receive this Bible are very simple and are three 
in number: 

1. Five dollars per member of your church, determined by the membership 
that you listed in the 1982 Annual, and 

2. An increase of at least $50.00 over last year's total church offering, and 

3. You have until December 31, 1982, to reach the goal. The Bible will be 
sent to the pastor as soon as the goal is reached. 

This is a method by which you can help us and we can say "thank you" to your 

Ail members of the church are the key to this successful venture. Who knows . . . 
your pastor's sermons might improve! (If they don't, at least the pastor will look a lot 
better with his new Bible.) 

Some churches are already over the goal and did not even know about this offer! 
Join the growing group of Herald supporters! 

aasmaan d^ 




Volume 44 Number 8 August 1982 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
(ISSN-0161-5238) is published 
monthly by the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, 1104 
Kings Highway, Winona Lake, IN 
46590. Subscription prices: $6.75 
per year; foreign, $8 .50; special rates 
to churches. Second-class postage 
paid at Winona Lake, IN 46590. 
Printed by BMH Printing. POST- 
MASTER: Send address changes to 
Brethren IVIissionary Herald, P.O. 
Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

EXTRA COPIES of back issues 
are available. One copy, $1.75; two 
copies, $2.75; three to ten copies, 
$1.25 each; more than ten copies, 
$1.00 each. Please include your 
check with order. (Prices include 
postage charges.) 

NEWS ITEMS contained in each 
issue are presented for information, 
and do not indicate endorsement. 

MOVING? Send label on back 
cover and your new address. Please 
allow four weeks for the change to 
be made. 

chandise orders: 1-800-348-2756. 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 

Christian Education: 

Knute Larson 

Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 

Grace Brethren Men: 

Harold Hollinger 

Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Don Cramer 

Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 

Women 's Missionary Council: 

Nora Macon 


4 Awake unto the Harvest 

8 Happy Hour Ministry to Youth Proves Fruitful 

10 The Price of Success 

12 Get Involved with a Missionary! 

16 Grace Brethren Foreign Missions' New 1982 

19 A Moment with Missions 

20 Reaching the Younger Boy 

22 NFGBM-1982 National Conference Project 

26 Homespun 

25 Meet Your WMC Officers 

28 "It Must Have Been Some Kid" 

35 Student Services Center Next Project of Grace 
Pursuing Priorities Campaign 

36 Jesse Deloe Joins Grace Schools' Staff 
38 Homecoming— Parents' Weekend 

40 Grace Village Progress Continues 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 

• A New Vision in Dayton, Ohio 11 • 

• BMH News Report 30 • 

• Christine Wyrtzen— A Ministry of Music 32 • 

reported in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1947 

National conference met at Winona 
Lake, Ind., August 25 through 31. Rev. 
Bernard Schneider of Mansfield, Ohio, 
served as moderator and Rev. John Aeby of 
Fort Wayne, Ind., served as vice moderator. 
The visiting speaker was Dr. Hyman J. 
Appelman, president of the American 
Association of Jewish Evangelism, and the 
conference theme was: "Jesus Christ Our 

15 YEARS AGO - 1967 

National conference met at Winona 
Lake, Ind., on August 13 through 19. Glenn 
O'Neal of Talbot Seminary was the moder- 
ator, and Mark Malles, pastor of the Com- 
munity GBC, Warsaw, Ind., was vice moder- 
ator. The theme was: "I Will Build My 
Church" and the featured speaker was Dr. 
Lehman Strauss. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1977 

Dr. Lehman Strauss was again the 
national conference featured speaker having 
fulfilled the same role 10 years before. 
Robert Thompson, western field secre- 
tary for BHM Council, served as moder- 
ator, and John Mayes, pastor of Com. GBC 
of Whittier, Calif., was vice moderator. The 
theme was: "Church Growth in the Third 
Century." Winona Lake, Ind., was the host 
for the sessions. 


Two features scheduled to appear in the 
September issue of the Herald will be a 
"Personalities in the Pews Series" and a 
news-flash page from national conference. 

Throughout the Fellowship we have 
many people who have been used of God in 
many different' circumstances. Next month 
Lt. Col. John W. Mansur will tell his story of 
how God has been with him and his family 
through some difficult periods in their lives. 
I first met John in Florida several years ago 
when we were both speakers at a men's 
rally. I was saddened to hear that he had 
lost his daughter in an accident just a few 
weeks after our meeting. You will be blessed 
by his story. 

Many will not be at national conference 
so we will share some of the highlights of 
the conference with you in September. Al- 
though national conference occurs after the 
deadline for the September issue to be 
processed by BMH Printing, we will plan to 
save a page for last-minute headlines and 
facts from conference. 

See you in Septemberl— CWT 

Cover photo of Mt. Rushmore 
by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

iBIMHaUGUST '82 01 



Awake unto the North American Harvest 

by Dr. Lester E. Pifer 

Executive Secretary, Brethren Home Missions Council 

Somewhere in the counsels of eternity it 
may be revealed why it pleased a sovereign 
God to bless the United States of America 
with an abundance unprecedented in history, 
and with freedoms which are the envy of the 

A large portion of the world is enslaved in 
communism or under the leadership of dicta- 
tors allowing limited expression of liberty. 
One wonders what must go through the minds 
of people as they lie down to rest at night, 
knowing that revolutionary forces or the 
enemy may take away their last vestige of 
peace and safety. Much of the world is in 
deep poverty with little food and clothing, 
and much unemployment. 

America is not perfect. We have our ten- 

sions, scandals, inflation and unemployment. 
In spite of our shortcomings, our nation has a 
strong appeal to the peoples of the world. Our 
wealth, abundance of food, progress in indus- 
try and science is the envy of mankind every- 

Higher education in America attracts more 
students than in any other nation. More than 
130,000 students leave their countries to at- 
tend our schools. The American system of 
education is rated by the secular leaders as the 
finest today. 

Personal income, our standards of housing, 
the opportunities for jobs and the personal 
freedoms for advancement become a magnetic 
attraction to the largest immigration of any 



nation on the face of the earth. Though we 
are sometimes confused by the media, we are 
still considered the most powerful nation on 
the face of the earth. 

Like the U.S.A., our neighbor Canada 
offers unlimited possibilities. Her wealth, 
progress, advancements in science and indus- 
try and her abundance rival that of our land. 
Her liberties, friendliness to the U.S.A. and 
industrial cooperation have continued to at- 
tract people from around the world. Life in 
Canada is quite similar to what we enjoy. 

Though the qualities of these two nations 
on the North American continent head the 
list of the nations of the world, there is much 
to be desired in the spiritual realm. 

America is racked by cancerous crime, 
growing four to five times faster than our 
population. Humanism is eroding our educa- 
tional system. Liberalism has torn down the 
citadels of America's historic conservative 
Christianity. Materialism has become a deadly 
force in destroying our values and family re- 
lationships. Immorality is increasingly toler- 
ated and moral standards are under constant 
attack. Liberal views on morals, justice, abor- 
tion and divorce have had a devastating attack 
upon the American family unit. Our nation 
needs a new sense of spiritual values. 

Population shifts from the major innercity 
areas to the suburban sections create new op- 
portunities for church planting. Major trends 
in population are now noted from the north- 
ern cold states to the Sunshine Belt. Major in- 
dustries are abandoning outdated plants and 
building new modern plants in locations 
closer to their markets. Diversification, spe- 
cialization and computerization have had 
major effects upon relocation of thousands of 
American and Canadian families. 

Brethren people are being directly affected 
by these changes. To hold our people, to use 
their commitment and to fulfill the Great 
Commission our plans must keep pace with 
where our people are moving. We need the 
help of pastors and churches on information 
concerning changes in Brethren addresses. It is 
of the utmost necessity to make contacts with 
these people in new locations as soon as possi- 
ble after a move. 

By following such leads, we have seen 
breakthroughs in Alaska, New England States, 
the Carolinas and hopefully in three new 
states in '82. Investigations are now underway 

in Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, and New 
York. Nineteen states do not have Grace 
Brethren churches. It is still our goal to see an 
active Grace Brethren church in every state in 
the U.S.A. and to see our first church estab- 
lished in Canada. Pray that the Lord of the 
harvest will raise up church-planting people to 
help us in this objective. 

The Bible-preaching, soul-winning, mission- 
ary-minded church is enjoying wide reception 
in both the U.S.A. and Canada. There is a real 
hunger for expository teaching. Spirit-filled 
and friendly churches. We are learning from 
the Bible class ministry that young marrieds 
are demanding Bible proofs for their Chris- 
tianity and Christian activity. The Grace 
Brethren churches of our Fellowship have a 
unique acceptance in this area of need. This is 
our finest hour of opportunity. We trust that 
Brethren people from coast to coast will re- 
spond to the Awake unto the Harvest empha- 
sis during this conference year. Our goal of 12 
new churches in '82 must be reached in order 
to keep pace with our ultimate goal of 52 
Bountiful Harvest churches by 1984. These 
goals were formulated in prayer and careful 
planning. Like the Apostle Paul, we see a 
beckoning hand, a Spirit's direction, to a 
Great Commission opportunity in North 
America in the '80s. 




Awake unto the \^Jest 

by Dr. Robert Thompson 

Western Field Secretary 

"Awake" is the watchword for the Breth- 
ren in 1982 and 83. Nowhere is the response 
to the admonition more evident than here in 
the West. The emphasis on Bountiful Harvest 
has not been without rich rewards. Unlike the 
rich farmer of biblical record, however, there 
has been no attempt to hoard the receipts but 
rather a definite effort to share the blessing 
with others. 

A special gift from the Southern California- 
Arizona District to the Alta Loma congrega- 



tion enabled this church to be in the front 
ranks for early self-support status. With their 
delightful new facility in which to meet, they 
are continuing to reach their community for 
Christ. Pastor Gary Nolan reports continued 
increases in every avenue of ministry. 

Ventura, another Southern California town, 
nestled close to the booming surf of the great 
Pacific, is the scene of another growing Breth- 
ren church. Although laboring under the dif- 
ficult circumstances of temporary quarters, 
hardships and inconveniences have failed to 
dampen the enthusiasm of Rev. Robert 
MacMillan and his congregation. Although 
utilizing their YMCA facilities to the maxi- 
mum, a concerted ongoing search for more 
adequate quarters continues. A prayerful con- 
gregation continues to seek God's leading for 
a permanent site for their future development. 

Brian Smith reports some excellent vic- 
tories from Riverside. This "bedroom com- 
munity" for the workers of the greater Los 
Angeles basin has proved to be a fertile field 
for the message of the Brethren Church. Close 
cooperation between the Bellflower and 
North Long Beach Brethren churches pro- 
vided the winning combination for this new 
thrust. The lovely facilities of the Seventh 
Day Adventist campus at Loma Linda College 
has enabled this congregation to meet the 
needs of their growing numbers. Evangelistic 
Bible classes have been conducted now in the 
neighboring community of Sunnymead with 
an eye to extending the ministry of this Home 
Mission church. 

Another work in Southern California which 
has gone through some real travail has been 
the South Bay Grace Brethren Church at Tor- 
rance. This church registered a record growth 
to begin with and then suffered a severe set- 
back as a result of the eviction from the 
school in which they were meeting. For some 
time it was necessary to meet in the afternoon 
until a new facility, a Seventh Day Adventist 
Church, became available. With these ade- 
quate facilities, the attendance records are be- 
ginning to climb again with new records being 
set each Sunday. 

New ventures are underway in the West 
with promising results. The historic city of 
Stockton in Northern California with its ex- 
ploding population boasts a brand new Bible 
testimony with some twenty believers com- 
mitted to the establishment of a Grace Breth- 
ren church. Some families from the Grace 

Brethren Church of Tracy banded together 
with the faithful assistance of Mel Grimm 
from Santa Rosa to launch this new effort for 
Christ. Mitch Forster, formerly an intern with 
the Sacramento Grace Brethren Church, has 
assumed the leadership of this new point. 

One of our older Home Missions churches 
is at Montclair, California, where Jim Freder- 
icks reports some excellent progress in the last 
few months. A new high was achieved on 
Easter with the prospects for additional 
growth in 1982 very high. 

Goldendale, Washington, now is fully set- 
tled into its new facility with their new pastor, 
Greg Howell, on the field. Three new mem- 
bers have just been added to the roll and a 
real confidence is evident among the members. 

Alaska continues to beckon the hearty 
pioneer. While Ed and Polly Jackson continue 
their aggressive development of the work in 
Homer, Alaska. Eagle River, some 40 miles 
north of Anchorage, becomes the target now 
for our fourth church in this state that was 
once known as Seward's Folly. Pastor John 
Gillis, presently the pastor of the rapidly grow- 
ing church at Simi, California, along with his 
family, will be loading their goods for the 
long trek north immediately following nation- 
al conference. Palm Springs becomes a suit- 
able launching pad for these dear folk headed 
for the cold winters and warm ministry of the 
Far North! 

But the real story of the West is yet to be 
told. It remains in the unwritten pages of the 
Home Missions story of tomorrow. Awake, 
with us, to the opportunities of America, the 
"Old West" is history, but the New West 
brings with it the challenge that will motivate 
us for Christ. 


Shining Lights in the East 

by Bill Smith 

Eastern Field Secretary 

"We have seen his star in the east, and are 




come to worship him" was spoken many 
years ago and we are still seeing bright lights 
shining in the East drawing people to Jesus 
Christ! Here are just several new lights. 

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania— This thriving, 
growing church, nestled in the Pocono Moun- 
tains in Pennsylvania, broke ground late 
this spring, and look forward to a fine new 
church building in which their congregation 
anticipates continued growth and an outreach 
ministry that will touch the lives of many for 
Jesus Christ. Pastor Howard Gelsinger has put 
forth a noble, consistent effort in leading a 
Bible study class into a status whereby they 
can now assume the responsibility of a full- 
fledged Grace Brethren church with a building 
that will certainly be admired by the com- 

Frederick, Maryland— This group of Grace 
Brethren people has applied to the Brethren 
Home Missions Council to be adopted as a 
home mission point. Pastor Larry Humberd 
has worked with this group for a year, along 
with his responsibilities as pastor of Christian 
Education at the Grace Brethren Church of 
Hagerstown. The congregation has now 
reached a point where they need a full-time 
pastor and are looking forward to an aggres- 
sive program of touching Frederick, Maryland, 
with the gospel of Jesus Christ. Pastor Hum- 
berd is going to step aside as the leader of the 
group so that a full-time man may be called to 
the field. Frederick has become somewhat of 
a bedroom town for the Greater Washington, 
D.C., area. Many of the executives of the 
northern part of Washington, D.C., along with 
the northeastern section of Maryland are mov- 
ing to this executive community. As we have 
looked at the Frederick area we are convinced 
that this can be a strong Grace Brethren testi- 
mony for Jesus Christ and are looking for- 
ward to the Lord enabling us to work out all 
the details so that we can see this type of 
testimony in Frederick for our Lord and 
Saviour, Jesus Christ. 

Orrville, Ohio— This Bible study group be- 
gan under the ministry of Mr. Ike Graham, a 
recent graduate of Grace Seminary. Since 
the first of June, Pastor Keith Merriman has 
been leading a full schedule of services. They, 
too, have looked to the Brethren Home 
Missions Council for direction and for guid- 
ance in becoming a home mission church with 
a home mission pastor. Orrville, of course, is 

strategically located in a beautiful section of 
Ohio with a number of strong Grace Brethren 
churches within a very close radius. Once 
again as we look at this field, we see the possi- 
bility of another strong, growing, dynamic 
Grace Brethren church. 

It seems that I could just go on and on with 
opportunities in the East where we could 
awake, come alive and see another Grace 
Brethren church. 



Souls for the Lord 
in the South 

by Rev. Bill Byers 

Southern Field Secretary 

It is a misnomer to believe that people 
come to Christ through a variety of special- 
ized methods because they differ in some 
class distinction. Whether a family is one of 
material means or not, educated or otherwise, 
Christ presented as Saviour and Lord of one's 
life is the way all people trust Christ for 
eternity. We all believe confessing and forsak- 
ing sin, as people trust Christ for their Lord 
and Saviour, reveals saving faith. 

The soul winner in southern U.S.A., how- 
ever, finds that the majority of his presenta- 
tions of the Gospel are to people who think 
they are Christians. This probably stems from 
the fact there has been so much "gospel" 
preached in the South through the years. The 
term "Bible Belt" describes how many South- 
erners claim salvation just by association. The 
Southern soul winner needs to spend as much 
time proving to some people they are lost, as 
he does leading them to Christ. Of course, dis- 
cernment is needed to determine through 
questioning what the person is depending 
upon for salvation. 

Perhaps it would be helpful for our soul- 
winning everywhere to take a closer look at 
what constitutes saving faith so that people in 
whatever society they live can have their faith 

(Continued on page 9) 



Spotlight on 
Jewish IVIissions 

by Mrs. Doyle Miller 

Missionary to the 
Jewisii People in 
Los Angeles 

Happy Hour Ministry to Youth Proves Fruitful 

Shalom Friends, 

I'm happy to be able to once 
again sit down and chat with you 
and share what God lays upon my 
heart. First of all, need I remind 
you how much we appreciate your 
prayers for us— your love and con- 
cern for the lost sheep of the House 
of Israel— your gifts for the ministry 
here in Los Angeles, enabling us to 
share the good news of the IVlessiah 
Jesus to the Jewish people and to 
have an on-going ministry here. 

"How then shall they call on 
him in whom they have not be- 
lieved? and how shall they believe 
in him of whom they have not 
heard? and how shall they hear 
without a preacher? And how shall 
they preach, except they be sent? 
as it is written. How beautiful are 
the feet of them that preach the 
gospel of peace, and bring glad tid- 
ings of good things!" (Rom. 

I would like to share with you 
about Happy Hour— one of our 
youth groups. This ministry has 
been very fruitful over the years 
that we have been here. Some of 
you have tai<en specific ones and 
prayed for them individually. For 
that reason I would like to share 

with you their progress and where- 

One of our greatest concerns in 
working with these young people is 
the turnover because of housing 
and job opportunities for their 
parents. The average stay of a 
young person with us Is less than 
two years. Each of these kids have 
accepted the Lord, really learned to 
love the Lord and grown spiritually. 
It is our concern that when the 
parents move away, or take their 
children out of Happy Hour, that 
they will still have opportunity to 
grow and to worship in the various 

When we first arrived on the 

field, I mentioned two Israeli boys 
—Noam and Boaz— and asked you 
to pray for them. They started to 
attend the meetings. Their parents 
became very upset that we were 
teaching about Messiah Jesus and 
would not allow their boys to at- 
tend our sessions. This broke my 
heart as they loved to listen to the 
Bible stories and were very inquisi- 
tive. This year they again came into 
our lives and the contact was re- 
newed. The parents have met 
several Hebrew Christians and are 
becoming more open to the Gospel. 
Perhaps the two boys will be able 
to return to the meetings. Keep 
praying for Boaz and Noam, and 




their parents that this family might 
be saved. God is worl<ing in hearts 
today and in His own timetable. 

Another of our faithful ones is 
Eon. His mother died last year sud- 
denly and Eon went to live with his 
grandparents. We miss him terribly. 
He grew so much while he was with 
us. Even his family would comment 
on the change in this young man. 
The Word of God is in his heart and 
mind. He needs prayer these next 
few years that he is away from us 
and from any sound teaching. It 
will be strictly Jewish teaching that 
he receives now. He knows the 
Lord and I am trusting God to 
watch over and guide him. 

Rebecca and Jessica Finklestien 
accepted the Lord a few years ago. 
I remember how upset their mother 

was because all she ever heard was 
Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. She was begin- 
ning to feel she had two religious 

fanatics In the house. Believe me, 
she was upset!!! As I began to share 
with her and explain to her, she be- 
came more open and we became 
friends. I was saddened to learn 
that they were moving to New Jer- 
sey. It was hard to say goodbye to 
Rebecca and Jessica, but I was re- 
minded of God's promise in Psalm 
32:8: "I will instruct thee and 
teach thee In the way which thou 
shalt go; I will guide thee with mine 

These are but a few of our faith- 
ful young people. Thank you for 
praying and for caring. Continue to 
pray for our young people as God 
sends new ones to hear of His love 
for them, and that we will again see 
fruit and growth. 

God bless you. Shalom. ■ 

Souls for the Lord in the South — 

(Continued from page 7) 

qualified. Tine first kind of faith is head 
knowledge. Just to know about Christ and all 
He has done to bring us salvation is not saving 
faith. Recognition of the Lord's help on our 
behalf at a time of temporary need is obvious- 
ly also not saving faith. Trusting Christ, how- 
ever, with a true repentant spirit, recognizing 
Him as Lord of your life, and believing that 
He alone will save you for eternity is saving 

The employment of this teaching in all of 
our southern churches has shown real results 
in the growth of our churches. 

A new southern district was recently 
formed having their first district conference in 
1981. The churches forming this district are: 
Atlanta, Georgia; Johnson City and Lime- 
stone, Tennessee; Aiken and Anderson, South 
Carolina; and Charlotte, North Carolina. This 
exciting district has already set up an active 
district mission board that is seeking out areas 
for new churches. The state that now is under 
investigation for a new Grace Brethren church 
is Alabama. There is an active Bible class now 
in Greenville, South Carolina, led by Don 
Soule, the self-support assistant pastor of the 
Anderson, South Carolina, Brethren Church. 

There are fifteen churches now in Florida, 
with the latest points being Sebring, Orange 
City and Lakeland. We are thrilled to see an 
active district missions board in the Florida 
district cooperating with Brethren Home Mis- 

sions to expand our ministry in this state. 

During the last two decades the Southeast 
district has started and helped support many 
churches in their beginning years in both the 
Southern and Florida districts. The Brethren 
in the Southeast district are to be commended 
for their dedication to missions in this regard, 
especially since they have increased their 
mission's giving over 27 percent in this past 

The most exciting activity now in the 
Southeast Brethren churches is the acceler- 
ated program for discipleship. Brethren Home 
Missions discipleship seminars are being held 
periodically in these churches. The Clear- 
water, Florida, church has already recorded 
their first time decision after they have imple- 
mented their comprehensive discipleship pro- 

It is exciting to see the Brethren Home Mis- 
sions program expand in the South. We invite 
all of God's people to pray with us to close 
the gap and build Grace Brethren churches in 
the remaining southern states: Alabama, Ar- 
kansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. 

In 1 Corinthians 15, the Apostle Paul cited 
our Lord's resurrection as the incentive for 
faithfulness. We, too, can thank the Lord for 
the victories He has wrought in our midst and 
encourage ourselves with His same exhorta- 
tion: "Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye 
steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in 
the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know 
that your labor is not in vain in the Lord" 
(v. 58).B 

iBHMC AUGUST 82 9 i 

of the 

The Price 
of Success 

by Brian Smith, Pastor 
Grace Brethren Church, Riverside, California 

I want to say without apology, that one of 
my chief goals in life is to be "successful." 
And, why not? Everyone is interested in 
success. No one likes to be mediocre or 
second place. 

There have been many books and seminars 
offered on how to be successful. The so- 
called experts who write these books and give 
seminars share certain principles they feel are 
necessary if one is to attain success. These 
principles swing from one side of the pendu- 
lum to the next. One expert says, "If you get 
up early enough, stay up late enough, and 
work hard enough, you will succeed"; while 
the next expert states that, "belief is the key 
to success . . . just believe in yourself." 

The thing that amazes so many, is that if a 
person applies these principles . . . he will be 
successful! Why? Are these principles new dis- 
coveries, treasures of knowledge hidden from 
mankind for thousands of years? No! The 
reason they work is because they are "eternal 
principles." Long before the so-called experts 
made it big, God carved the principles for 
success into the foundation of civilization. 

Let me share with you three of the biblical 
principles for success. They are: Hard Work 
(Eccl. bAQA2); Long Hours (Prov. 6:6-1 1 ); 
and a Positive Attitude (Prov. 23:7). If a 
person is willing to apply these principles, 
whether he is a Christian or not, he will 
become successful. 

But, just as God's physical laws that He has 
built into His creation can be used or abused 
(gravity, and so forth), so also, can His "laws 
of success" be used or abused. So God has 
clearly established perimeters for being suc- 
cessful. These perimeters are found in the 
Bible (Joshua 1:8). 

There are three perimeters of success. The 
first is this: The success of an individual in his 
life's worl< should not be measured by how 
much money he makes (Prov. 23:4-5; Eccl. 

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5:10; 1 Tim. 6:9-10). If "money," "salary," 
and so forth, is a person's standard of success 
measurement, he will never be a success. 
There is not enough money in the world to 
convince someone that he has finally arrived. 
Yet, so many people use "salary" as the 
primary basis of job selection and job per- 
formance, and ignore biblical priorities of 
"integrity," "self-esteem," and "morality" 
(Col. 3:17). 

The second perimeter of success: A person 
is not to gain success dishonestly (Prov. 
13:11 and 28:6). And the third principle: An 
individual is to share his wealth (Prov. 3:9-10; 
1 Tim. 6:17-18; James 2:14-16). 

Choosing to exceed these biblical "perim- 
eters of success" can result in paying too high 
a price. Part of the price is oftentimes the 
loss of one's mate. Many times, in the process 
of attaining success, a person will fail to meet 
their mate's needs or even be unfaithful. 
When a person exceeds God's perimeters of 
success, he opens himself up to losing what 
God considers one of the true measurements 
of being successful— one's mate (Prov. 
5:18-19; Eccl. 9:9)! 

Another part of the price may be the loss 
of one's children. The Bible tells us that an 
individual's offspring are also measurements 
of how successful he is (Ps. 127:3-5). Yet 
with broken marriages, comes separation of 
children from one of their parents— usually 
the father. Solomon tells us that ". . . the 
glory of sons is their fathers" (Prov. 1 7:6). 
Forty-five percent of the children born after 
1975 will not grow up with the same two 

How sad, that, in the desire to be successful, 
many choose to exceed the biblical perimeters 
and as a result forfeit the most precious of 
human relationships— a person's mate and 
one's children. 

But even more expensive is the last price 
that is paid. This is the loss of God (Luke 
12:16-21; Matt. 6:31-32). How tempting it is 
for man to put off considering God's claims 
on his life, and God's promise of forgiveness 
through His Son, until he has become finan- 
cially successful. But God tells us that 
"success" is not measured by how big our 
kingdom is on earth, but by how we prepare 
for His kingdom in heaven. 

Christ's personal letter to the Church of 
Laodicea (Rev. 13:14-22) should motivate 
each of us to evaluate our efforts to be 
successful. Are we exceeding God's perim- 
eters and paying too high a price? ■ 

A New Vision in Dayton, Ohio 

by Pastor Robert Poirier 

The church with a special concern for Blacl< America 
and the inner city (See Prov. 19: 18). 

For three years God has been dealing with me 
concerning the need for a good, Bible-believing/teach- 
ing church, namely, a Grace Brethren church, which 
would minister to Black Americans and the inner 

In 1977, God had to place our family in the 
Black community and the inner city of Dayton, Ohio, 
for this to become a reality. The longer we lived in 
this area and rubbed shoulders with the people the 
greater our concern and burden became for the lost 
souls of this community. 

GOD'S WORD SPOKE to my heart during this 
time period and His "two-edged sword" began to ac- 
complish its purpose: 

* The "Great Commission" is to be to all the world 
(Matt. 28:19), to the rich and lovely, the poor and 
the unlovely, the wise and the unwise, the weak 
and the strong; the red, yellow, black and white. 
They are all precious in His sight. 

* "... God is no respecter of persons: But in every 
nation he that feareth Him and worketh righteous- 
ness, is accepted with Him" (Acts 10:34-35). 

* The command is to "...Jerusalem,... Judaea, 
. . . Samaria and unto the uttermost part of the 
earth" (Acts 1:8). Our Fellowship of Churches 
must minister to all the world. God has been show- 
ing me that Black America and the inner city is 
part of this great mission field. 

* The "fields are ripe" (See John 4:35). 

* A "great door is open" NOW! (See I Cor. 16:9, 
Rev. 3:8). 

* ". . . Go . . . doubting nothing" (Acts 10:20). 

* "... As my Father has sent me, even so send I 
you" (John 20:21). 

* Don't pay the fare and run, but "go to the city of 
Nineveh [Dayton]" (See Jonah 1:1-3). 

THE FIRST SERVICE of the Calvary Grace 
Brethren Church of Dayton was held on June 7, 
1981, at 2:30 p.m. in rented quarters of another 
church and we were blessed with a good turn out. 
Every Sunday since that special day, we have held serv- 
ices which have included a children's church and a 
nursery. The average attendance since that time has 
numbered 35. To date, 13 people have prayed to re- 
ceive Christ as their personal Saviour, 4 have rededi- 
cated their lives to the Lord, 13 have entered the 
waters of baptism in two baptismal services and 19 
have become members. Our midweek Bible study 
services have been held in private homes with an 

The Calvary Grace Brethren congregation 

average attendance of 15. Our people have been faith- 
ful in tithing and our Board has designated 1 percent 
of all offerings to go to missions: foreign, home, dis- 
trict, and local. 

volved since the inception of our church. The Black 
students have been scheduled to come to our church 
on weekends to bring the message of God's love to 
our people. They have been a real blessing and have 
made a great impact upon the church with their effec- 
tive ministry. 

lished program in our church and five of our men 
have been faithfully involved, going out every Thurs- 
day evening to visit the homes in the area. God is 
using this ministry to strengthen our church and 
reach out to the lost. 

QUESTS: Brethren, we at Calvary Grace Brethren 
Church of Dayton, covet your prayers for the follow- 

1 That God will raise up 100 prayer warriors to pray 
for this new ministry. (Let us know if you are in- 
terested in receiving our prayer letters.) 

2 That God will make available a building in which 
to hold a full schedule of services. 

3 That 25 people will be saved, baptized and become 
members by the end of 1982. 

4 That God will raise up a Black co-laborer to work 
with Pastor Bob. 

5 That support or employment will be made avail- 
able for Pastor Bob as God desires. 

6 That God will raise up 100 people, or groups of 
people, who will feel led of the Lord to contribute 
$1 ,000 each to the Development Fund which has 
been set up in the Brethren Investment Founda- 
tion, and is to be held until the Lord shows us 
the building He wants us to purchase. 

I welcome any questions or comments regard- 
ing this ministry, and prayerfully invite all contacts 
and prospects for this new ministry to be referred to 
me: Pastor Robert Poirier, 3912 Bradwood Drive, 
Dayton, Ohio 45405. ■ 




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Missionaries sometimes express t/ie need 
for closer ties between themselves and the 
sending churches at home. The "Partners in 
Missions" emphasis has been devised to facili- 
tate those "closer ties. " 

Our missionaries to Europe have come up 
with the name "Europartners" for those 
people in the States particularly interested in 
Europe. The partnership is formed between 
an individual or family serving in missions 
(the missionary) and an individual or family 
in the local church who covenants with the 
missionary to assist him. 

The stateside partner regularly prays for 
and writes to his missionary, endeavoring to 
become as knowledgeable as possible about 
the country, the people, and the missionary's 
particular work. 

The following are comments that a few 
people have shared about being involved in 
the Europartners program. 

Twenty-one years ago our family bought a 
hardware store. My job was to be the book- 
keeper. The day we took over I barely knew 
the difference between a debit and a credit. 

As the months passed, I learned bookkeep- 
ing from my husband, our accountant, and 
the trusty old trial and error method. The 
accountant would ask if I "have the picture," 
and I'd answer no. He would encourage me 
to keep on, because I was putting the right 
figures in the right places— for the most part! 

One day, to my surprise, I realized I had 
the picture! I not only knew where to put 
the figures, but I knew why and I knew what 
they said. Even more surprising was the fact 
that I realized I was only a small part of the 
overall operation of a business. 

I had been "locked up" in my little office 
world from which I began to look out upon 
everyone's part in the store. I did not mini- 
mize my part in the picture, but I was far 
from being the whole scene. 

This seems to be the way I became a Euro- 
partner. About 30 years ago a neighbor 
invited me to a Bible study. Through this I 




had an encounter with the Christ of Scripture. 
He spoke to me through Matthew 1 1 :28, and 
I came to Jesus. Things began to change, but 
not all at once. 

My involvement as a Christian was in my 
own little world at first— Bible study, neigh- 
bors, friends, and family. It was a self-centered 
world, but I began putting the right figures in 
the right places— for the most part! 

After seven or eight years my life seemed 
dry, and I was dissatisfied. I prayed about it, 
and God responded to my need. 

As I studied and meditated on the work of 
the Holy Spirit, I began to understand His 
place in the Godhead and His part in the work 
of missions. I entered more fully into the 
already existing height and depth and width 
of the Christian life. God's already fascinat- 
ing Word took on a new meaning, and He 
shone from every page. 

A new depth opened up; Christ did dwell in 
my innermost being. A new width followed— 
His love knew no bounds or race or language 
barriers. A booklet used in WMC suggested 
that we ladies pray for a mission field. I did. 

The field of France came into focus. I 
discovered the Julien family serving there. 
Before long I lost my first simple belief and 
thought I was imagining all this, but the inter- 
est persisted so I wrote to the Juliens and 
shared my interest with them. 

I'm so thankful they took me seriously 
and wrote back sending pictures of their 

A new lustre was added to everything— 
teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir, 
just everyday living. I began to open our too- 
small home with its too-small kitchen to 
missionaries. Along with them came other 
people to witness to and love. 

Then one day God changed our place. My 
husband and I bought the hardware store. 
Soon after this the Juliens squeezed in a visit 
with us while on a busy deputation schedule. 
Suddenly they became flesh and blood people 
with a definite place in God's overall plan. I 
was becoming a small part in the plan. 

I could pray, I could give, and I could be 
interested. I began a scrapbook of our 
mission field and missionaries in France. 

Time passed with its business and family in- 
volvements. I wasn't quite the prayer warrior 
or giver that I hoped to be, but I kept trying to 
put the right figures in the right places. 

As God often does, He had a surprise in 
store— He was going to give back to me far 
more than I'd given Him. I was going through 
a hard time, learning some hard lessons, when 
my husband offered me a trip. I could go 
anyplace, but I'd have to go alone. I planned 
and wrote letters, but I could not work any- 
thing out. In desperation I prayed about it. 

In God's perfect timing. He had laid it on 
the hearts of the Juliens to invite me to visit 
the work in France. The letter and my prayer 
met, and I accepted. Now through the 
missionaries, God was to minister to me! 

The pictures in my scrapbook became 

". . . / prayed 
about it. . . . The 
letter and my 
prayer met .... 
Now through the 
missionaries, God 
was to minister to 

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realities. Tiie Frencii believers became "mes 
amis." The missionary couples were more 
than pictures in a prayer booklet, they were 
dedicated young couples who had left family, 
friends, and jobs in response to God's call. 
The Chateau was more than a logo on a letter- 
head, it was a beautiful old castle where 
French young people could find Christ. 

A little apartment at the Chateau became 
my home for several weeks. I visited in the 
homes of the missionaries and French Chris- 
tians. I worshiped and picnicked with them. 
Although I could not speak French, we shared 
a love and a unity in the Spirit. 

As another door of Europartners opens, 
it's only natural that I enter in, only this time 
I'm not starting out alone. I'm walking 
through this door hand in hand with an ex- 
panding European family. I've always been 
grateful to the many Christian authors who 
have helped me in my Christian growth, and 
now I can share this through Grace Euro- 

When you see God's overall plan, it's 
wonderful to know you are chosen to be a 
part of it. 

—Betty Curtner 
Lexington, Ohio 

Why are we involved in the Europartners 
program with Tom and Doris Julien? 

There was never any question whether we 
would be! Tom and Doris and our family go 
back many years. Dale was saved under 
Tom's ministry, and they played a big part in 

"Missions, in general, is no longer just a 
word. It has life. It has real needs. We 
count it a privilege to be able to help 
bear the burdens through our prayer efforts. ' 

my teen years. 

When we heard Tom's plea for prayer 
partners, there wasn't anything to ponder. A 
need existed and we wanted to fill it. This 
program was for us. 

As time has gone on, our family has 
reaped many blessings from this program. 
France and the work have become real to us 
and our three children. It's more than a green 
country located halfway around the world. 
It's a real country with real people who need 
our support through prayer. 

Missions, in general, is no longer just a 
word. It has life. It has real needs. We count 
it a privilege to be able to help bear the 
burdens through our prayer efforts. 

As the prayer requests and newsletters arrive 
each month, they have helped us to pray 
more effectively. We are able to pray for 
definite needs and specific people with names. 
The people we are praying for have become a 
part of our family. In fact, we feel our family 
no longer exists only here at Steven Trail. It 
extends to France and especially to the 
Chateau. It's easy to stop momentarily 
during the day and give a thought and a 
prayer for the Juliens and their work. They 
have become a very important part of our 

Does it take time? Sure, it does. Anything 
worthwhile does. In fact, the more time we 
spend learning about France and praying for 
its needs, the more time we want to spend. 

We may not be in France personally to see 
a soul won to the Lord, but we feel we have 
played a big part in a lost one won to the 
Lord through our prayers. 

Not only do we feel we are closer to Tom 
and Doris but also closer to all our mission- 
aries. Their needs are real, and we have a big 
responsibility when we commit ourselves to 
pray for them on a regular basis. 

We never knew prayer could play such an 
important part. Prayer is important and a 
big responsibility. But it's a joy to give 
through prayer as we have given with a heart 
full of love. Not only has that heart of love 
gone out to the Juliens because they are our 




prayer partners, but also to all our mission- 

Missions is a living part of our family, 
because we have become prayer partners. 
-Dale and Barb Castator 
Fort Wayne, Indiana 

Our home has been a place where many 
missionaries have spent time over a good 
home-cooked meal while they were home 
from the field. We enjoy entertaining. 

We also became acquainted with missions 
through our church. The Worthington Grace 
Brethren Church, Columbus, Ohio, under 
Pastor Custer's leadership, is very missions- 
minded. The members are continually 
encouraged to pray, give, and go. 

About six years ago my wife and I sat 
down and discussed at length how we could 
become involved in missions. At that time in 
our lives we found that our education had not 
been in the correct field to become mission- 
aries. However, we also came to realize that 
much of the work being done by the mission- 
ary could be handled by support people. 

We were asked by the mission board at the 
church to make a trip to the Chateau in 
France and install some plumbing. That has 
turned out to be one of the highlights of our 

During the two-month stay, we were intro- 

duced to a high school girl who desired to 
further her education by coming to the States 
to learn the culture. Laurence Lacroix made 
that trip last summer and spent two months 
learning American ways. 

An exciting thing happened— Laurence saw 
a need in her life and became a Christian 
while working with the youth group at our 

We received a letter recently, and she re- 
lated that she was now teaching young 
children about Christ in her home town of 
Macon, France. 

We, as laymen, must get involved so we can 
see the needs firsthand. It is my firm belief 
that we can do almost anything we want to 
do. We must be very careful to keep our 
priorities correct. Prayer is an important area. 

The enjoyment and satisfaction we have 
experienced since we became involved with 
Euro-missions is not explainable in human 
terms. We have received much more than we 
have given. 

—Glenn and Barbara Day 
Westerville, Ohio 

If you would like to become involved and com- 
mitted to a missionary, contact Grace Brethren For- 
eign amissions, P. O. Box 588, Winona Lake, Ind. 
46590. The office would be delighted to help you get 
in on the blessings! ■ 


Eight new appointees will be leaving for three fields this year. 
Four will be going to pioneer our new mission in England, two 
will minister in Germany, and two in the Central African Re- 
public. We would like you to become acquainted with these 
folks, so please meet . . . 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions' 
New 1982 Appointees 

The Steeles 

Two couples, whose lives have been inter- 
twined for several years, are heading for Eng- 
land as a team. All were schoolmates at Florida 
Bible College. 

Phil and Elinor Steele have a great burden 
for missions. Phil was born and raised in Day- 
ton, Ohio, in a Christian home. He was saved 
as a child and attended the First Grace Breth- 
ren Church there. A backpacking trip around 
Europe, with several weeks in England, helped 
develop Phil's love for that country. After 
high school, he went to Florida Bible College 
where he met Elinor. 

Elinor spent her entire childhood in 
Atlanta, Georgia. At age 12, her mother ex- 
plained the Gospel to her and her sister. 
Elinor asked Christ to be her Saviour. 

After Phil's graduation from college, the 
Steeles were involved in a few youth pastor- 
ates and he pastored the Vandalia Grace 
Brethren Church for awhile. Both Phil and 
Elinor felt a strong desire to serve God in a 
significant capacity. 

Dave and Cindy Kowaike lived in London, 
England, for two years. They were involved in 
a successful outreach to high school young 
people. This experience made them aware of 
the need for a more permanent church-related 

Cindy was born in Detroit, Michigan, but 
moved to Florida while a child. When she was 
in the ninth grade, someone invited her to a 
youth group meeting held at the Florida Bible 
College church. There she understood for the 
first time that she could be assured of salva- 
tion in Jesus Christ. After graduation from 
high school, she attended Florida Bible Col- 
lege where she met Dave. 

Dave has an international background. He 
was born in Hong Kong and lived in Japan, 
Sweden, and the United States before his 
father's job took the family to England. He 
was saved through a youth ministry at the 
American High School in London. Dave feels 
a real affinity for the country. Two days after 
he and Cindy were married, they were in Eng- 

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The Kowalkes 




The Ramseys 

land leading the outreach to high school stu- 

While the Kowalkes (pronounced Ko-wall- 
keys) lived in England, they learned to love 
the people and desired to minister to the 
whole family. So they returned to the States 
for more training. 

While all were students at Florida Bible 
College, Dave and Phil became close friends. 
Upon the Kowalkes' return to the States, the 
Steeles went to Florida to vacation with 
them. Phil mentioned to Dave that he was in- 
terested in foreign missions. Dave shared with 
Phil his dedication to England and desire for 
further training. 

The Steeles decided to attend Grace Semi- 
nary, so Phil visited Winona Lake and talked 
with some faculty men and with Rev. John 
Zielasko of FMS. Mr. Zielasko told him of 
Grace Brethren Foreign Missions' interest in 
England and desire to send teams into new 

Phil became very excited thinking of the 
Kowalkes' desire to return to England in a 
church-planting ministry. When the Steeles 
called the Kowalkes to tell them about these 
events, Dave and Cindy had just been dis- 
cussing their future. Phil shared about Grace 
Seminary and Grace Brethren Foreign Mis- 

Soon Phil and Dave were enrolled in Grace 
Seminary. While there, both families attended 
the Community Grace Brethren Church of 
Warsaw. Dave and Cindy are members there; 
Phil and Elinor are members of the First 
Grace Brethren Church, Dayton, Ohio. 

This past summer Phil and Dave attended 
the Euro-Missions Institute and visited Eng- 
land to locate homes in which to live. 

The Steeles, along with their two sons, 
Brent, age five; and Jonathan, age two and a 
half; and the Kowalkes, with their two daugh- 
ters, Tara, age four; and Kristin, age three, 
will be moving to Birmingham, England, this 

Heading for Germany are Dan and Denise 
Ramsey. They met in the third grade, grew 
up together in the Grace Brethren Church of 
Canton, Ohio, and were high school sweet- 

Denise made a decision for Christ in the 
third grade. Dan was always involved in the 
church, but his new birth came during his 
sophomore year of high school. 

Both had an early interest in missions; Dan 
wanted to be a missionary pilot. Through con- 
tact with Roger Peugh, Dan went to Germany 
on a TIME team after his high school gradu- 
ation. While there he realized that the German 
people needed to hear the Gospel, so he be- 
came committed to returning as a missionary. 
Dan spent another year in Germany studying 
in a German language institute and living with 
a German family; this confirmed his call to 

Denise visited Germany one summer during 
which she lived with the same German family. 
She went because Dan was committed to go 
there. They decided that if she came home 
and wasn't content to serve there, it would be 
the Lord's will that they not stay together. 
However, Denise's summer confirmed mis- 
sionary service in her mind. 

Dan and Denise both attended Grace Col- 
lege. Dan also studied at Grace Seminary and 
was graduated this May. During those eight 
years, the Ramseys prepared for ministering. 
Dan served as intern and interim pastor at the 
Mottville Bible Church in White Pigeon, 
Michigan, for a few years. 

Dan and Denise are members of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Canton, Ohio, and are the 
parents of Sara Anne, born in September of 

Paul and Berta Kuns are anticipating minis- 
try in the Central African Republic. The 
C.A.R. is the field where we have the most 
missionaries, yet "overworked" and "under- 
staffed" are accurate descriptions of our mis- 
sionary team. Evangelism, church planting 
and development are our goals in the C.A.R., 
but certain support personnel are needed to 




The Kuns 

relieve missionary elders from tasks for which 
they are often ill-equipped but forced to 
undertake by the demands of the work. 

The Kuns (pronounced Coons) have volun- 
teered to help relieve that situation. 

Paul is a qualified and experienced me- 
chanic. He was born and raised in Whittier, 
California, and at age six he decided to follow 
Jesus. As far back as he can remember, he was 
always taking things apart and putting them 
back together again. He learned much from 
helping and watching his dad. 

One evening during their high school years, 
Paul and Berta met at church. 

Berta was born at Yaloke Medical Center in 
the Central African Republic. She is the 
daughter of Harold and Marguerite Dunning, 
who were longtime missionaries to Africa, and 
the granddaughter of pioneer missionaries, 
James and Florence Gribble. 

Berta came to know Jesus as Saviour as a 
child growing up in Africa. At age twelve, her 
family moved back to the States. After high 
school graduation and Paul's short-term stay 
with the U.S. Army, the Kuns were married. 

They had all the material things that should 
have made them "happy." Yet restlessness 
and dissatisfaction entered their lives, even 
though they were very active and involved in 
their church. Then missionaries Don and Lois 
Miller, who were home on furlough, talked to 
them about service in Africa. 

Things happened fast, and the Kuns will 
leave for the C.A.R. in October. They will live 
in Bata, where Paul will service and maintain 
thousands of dollars worth of equipment and 
vehicles for the missionary staff. Berta will 
assist in various roles, particularly as librarian, 
secretary, and bookkeeper. These are jobs 
they both love to do! 

The Kuns have a son— Adam, and a daugh- 
ter—Emily. They are members of the Grace 
Brethren Church of Whittier, California. 

Now you've met them— our four couples, excited 
about the ministry opportunities that God is giving 
them in Grace Brethren Foreign Missions. These eight 
appointees together with six other missionaries (going 
or returning to fields of service this year) are the first 
of the host that will be needed in the next eight years 
to reach our goal of 220 active missionaries by 1990. 

More than $200,000 in support funds must be 
added to next year's budget to care for these new 
missionaries. Please pray that this need will be met. 
And pray for these eight young adults— that they will 
quickly become adjusted to a new culture and 
language. ■ 

Ed Lewis Named FMS Director of Personnel 

The Foreign Missionary Society 
is pleased to announce that Rev. Ed 
Lewis will join the office staff Sep- 
tember 1 as Director of Personnel. 
Ed is not leaving the office of GBC 
Christian Education, but will divide 
his tinne between the two organiza- 
tions. Since Christian Ed and the 
Foreign Missionary Society already 
have a happy working relationship 
through the TIME program, we 
view this move as a logical step in 
improving the FMS Candidate Pro- 
cess. Ed will be working with Mis- 
sion candidates and appointees, 
guiding them through the various 
steps that lead to missionary serv- 

Ed comes to us with a vast store 

of experience. He is a graduate of 
Grace College (1969) and Grace 
Theological Seminary (1973). He 
was also a member of the Scott 
Weaver team that held evangelistic 
meetings in the Central African Re- 
public in 1966, and has maintained 
an active interest and involvement 
in missions ever since. His directing 
the TIME program, Nehemiah Mis- 
sions, Euro-Missions Institute, Oper- 
ation Barnabas Ministries, National 
Youth Conference and other CE 
programs make him well known 
and respected by Grace Brethren 
young people across the nation. 

On behalf of the Foreign Mis- 
sionary Society family, welcome 
aboard, Ed! ■ 


by John W. Zielasko 

The World Christian Encyclopedia has just 
been published. This massive work contains a 
wealth of information for the Christian who is 
interested in the fulfillment of the Great 

For example, did you know that: 

• In 500 A. D. there were 193 million Chris- 

tians or 22 percent of the population. 

In 1900 A.D. there were 558 million 
Christians or 34 percent of the popu- 

In 1980 A.D. there were 1,432 million 
Christians or 32 percent of the popu- 

• There are 351,351,600 (or 24%) Chris- 

tians who live in countries that restrict 
foreign mission aid. 
866,574,400 (56%) Christians live in 
countries without full political free- 
dom or full civil rights. 

• There are 7,010 languages and 8,990 dis- 

tinct people groups or cultures in the 

• The ten major languages are Chinese 

(866 million speakers), English (265 
million), Spanish (227 million), Hindi 
(168 million), Arabic (144 million), 
Russian (142 million), Bengali (138 
million), Portuguese (135 million). 

ivUh TyiiAdJoju 

Japanese (117 million), and German 
(90 million). The language used by 
the smallest number of people is Hix- 
karyana (northwest Brazil) with 150 

• Each year some 2 million church attend- 

ers in Europe and North America 
cease to be practicing Christians. This 
is an average loss of over 7,000 every 

• In 1980, 25 countries were closed to 

missionary activity, 24 other countries 
were partially closed, and 18 more re- 
stricted missionary activity to some 
extent. These countries represent 
about VA billion people. 

• There is little or no church growth in the 

U.S., France, Spain, and Australia. 

There is negative church growth in Eng- 
land, West Germany, and Russia. 

There is rapid church growth in Central 
America, Central Africa, Indonesia, 
and South Korea. 

If you are still with us, you will notice that 
these statistics make it clear that the Christian 
missionary enterprise is not easy nor is it ex- 
periencing glorious success worldwide. But al- 
though the world will not be converted before 
Christ's return, this does not mean that our 
efforts should be diminished. God is still con- 
cerned about "taking from among the Gentiles 
a people for His name" (Acts 15:14). ■ 



19 > 

Pals of the Trail — 

Reaching the Younger Boy 

Grace Brethren Boys proudly introduces our new curriculum 
for the boys in the first and second grades, called Pals of the 
Trail. We have recognized for sometinne that these younger boys 
needed much more than a watered-down version of the program 
used by the older boys. Their physical, emotional, and spiritual 
limitations necessitated the development of a curriculum spe- 
cifically tailored to their unique level of maturity. 

For example, boys of this age have generally not yet become 
fluent readers. Therefore, the entire curriculum must be in- 
structor-oriented. All of the content and explanations must be 
verbal, because the boys simply cannot go to the books on their 
own. This means that the Leader's Guide for Pals of the Trail 
must be thorough and comprehensive. 

Still another problem encountered though, is the fact that 
the boys also need a review method enabling them to go back 
and refresh their memories on previous lessons. Without being 
able to read, it is necessary to provide them with activity sheets 
that reinforce the main thrust of a given lesson. In this way, the 
boy can recall the main points as he goes back through his 
notebook of activity sheets. 

Yet another factor that has to be taken into consideration is 
the boy's need for immediate reward for his efforts. Tomorrow 
is an eternity away for a youngster. The promise of a reward 
three months in the future is beyond his comprehension. He 
needs immediate reward for what he has done, even if it is 
something simple. Therefore, we have not included the concept 
of the boy earning different ranks. Instead he works each week 

Grace Brethren Boys 


For First and Second Graders 

on progressing up the Pals Ladder. When he 
completes a memory assignment or doctrinal 
study, the reward is immediate. 

Because of the pressing need to have a pro- 
gram ready for this fall, we are producing this 
new Pals of the Trail in quarterly segments. 
The section for September/November is al- 
ready available to unit leaders across the 
country. The winter quarter segment will be 
available well before it is needed. A leader will 
simply purchase the Leader's Guide for the 
year at a cost of $5.00, and then the quarterly 
segments will be automatically sent to him as 
they come off the press. The same procedure 
will also be used for the second year, and then 
the two years worth of materials will be con- 
solidated into one notebook. 

The schedule for a given evening in Pals of 
the Trail is somewhat similar to that already 
being used with the older boys, although 
there are some very important differences. 

Pre-Opening Activity. This is a structured 
activity to keep the boys occupied from thei 
time they arrive at the church until the meet^ 
ing actually begins. They are bundles of raw 
energy and enthusiasm, and if you don't give 
them something to do, believe me, they will 
assuredly find something to do on their own, 
but you will probably not approve of thejt 

Opening Ceremony. This is a formal line 
when the boys have their pledges to the flag) 
and the Bible, opening prayer, announce 
ments, and offering. This is deliberately kepi 
somewhat formal to help the boys realize thai 
the game time is now over and the seriou 
part of the meeting is starting. 

Devotional Time. This is the time when th( 
boys have a brief application of the Word o 
God to their own lives. Following the devc 
tional, the boys will do an activity page tha 


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will reinforce the major point of the lesson. 

Motor Skill Activity. During this portion of 
the meeting, the focus is on developing fine 
motor control, dexterity, balance, and eye- 
hand coordination. But rather than bore the 
boys with dull exercises, we have sought to 
put these skills within the framework of a 
race or game. 

Doctrinal Study. During this part of the 
evening, we will teach the boys a basic Bible 
doctrine, centering it around a brief passage 
of Scripture which we want the boys to 
memorize. This will again be followed by an 
activity sheet to reinforce the major thrust of 
the lesson. 

Training Time. During this part of the eve- 
ning our goal is to teach the boys survival and 
coping skills that they will need to get along 

©^ God Is Holy 

Grace Brethren Boys 

in this big, complicated world of ours. At the 
same time, we want the boys to be exposed 
to godly men who will be serving not only as 
instructors but as positive role models as well. 
To best accomplish this, we are designing the 
curriculum around the master-teacher concept, 
where one man presents the information, 
while the other men help the boys in the ap- 
plication of these skills. 

The doctrinal studies that will be incorpor- 
ated within the first thirteen weeks of the cur- 
riculum are as follows: 

God is love 

God is holy 

God is just 

God is eternal 

God is all-powerful 

God is all-knowing 

God is all-present 

God is sovereign 

Prayer is talking to God 

Prayer is thanking God 

Prayer gets results 

We must pray specifically 

We must pray in the will of God 
The training time emphasis for this same 
period of time includes the following topics: 

Basic hand signals 

Hiking equipment 

Hiking safety 

Learning to observe nature 

Studying animal footprints 

Identifying and studying birds 

Identifying and studying trees 

Telephone, proper answering 

Telephone, proper dialing 

Telephone, courtesy in using 

Telephone, emergency use 

Traffic safety 

Traffic signs and their meaning 

If you would like to begin a ministry to the 
younger boys of your church, please contact 
our office and we will be glad to ship you an 
information packei containing a sample 

Mike Ostrander, Director 
Grace Brethren Boys 
P. O. Box 416 
Winona Lake, IN 46590 
Telephone: 219/267-7158 

Sample page from the new Pals of the Trail book. 



National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Men, Inc. 

Faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" 2 Timothy 2:2. 








GOAL: $5,000 BY SEPTEMBER 1,1982 

blessed of God, to reach out in the regions be- 
^X^ yond. What a thrill it has been to share in the 

excitement this has brought to our Fellowship. 
Today we have Navajo churches because of 
the faithfulness, dedication and prayers of so 
many Brethren across the land. Only eternity 
will really reveal what has been accomplished 
for the Lord in this particular part of God's 
great vineyard. As Grace Brethren, we con- 
tinue to marvel at the wonderful grace of God 
as He continues to call people to Himself. 

Men— the challenge is before you! If you, 
or your local men's group, would like to assist 
in this project, please send your contributions 
to Grace Brethren Men and Boys, P.O. Box 
416, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. Do specify 
your offering for the Navajo Land Project. We 
will be closing this account by September 1 
and sending all monies to the Mission. May 
God bless as we share together in this project. ■ 

Attention National Grace Brethren Men! This 
year we are entering into a rather unique ven- 
ture with our Navajo Mission to assist them in 
the purchase of much-needed land for the 
mission compound. It has become necessary 
in recent months to acquire this additional 
property. The total cost for the land is 
$10,000. As men in the Fellowship, we would 
like to contribute half of the cost as a "Home 
Missions" mission's endeavor. 

The Mission is a training ground for the 
Navajo Indian. They receive physical, educa- 
tional, social and mo$t important of all, spirit- 
ual training. Many souls have been won to the 
Saviour and disciples made, due to the effort 
put forth over the years by the Mission. 

It has been encouraging to have the Navajos 
minister in recent years in order to reach 
their own people. Tent meetings have been 


AUGUST '82" 

— Women Manifesting eiirist' — 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church Box 711, Winona Lal<e, Indiana 46590 



Mrs. Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings 
Highway, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
(Tel. 219/267-7603) 

First Vice President 

Mrs. Robert (Althea) Miller, 5772 Karen 
Avenue, Cypress, California 90630 (Tel. 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Car- 
riage Lane, Powell, Ohio 43065 (Tel. 


Mrs. Fred (Margie) Devan, Jr., 2507 Van- 
couver Drive, N.W., Roanoke, Virginia 
24012 (Tel. 703/366-2843) 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Donald (Marilyn) Weltmer, Route 
No. 1, Box 131, Gerradstown, West 
Virginia 25420 (Tel. 304/229-3920) 

Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut 
Avenue, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 
(Tel. 219/267-7588) 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs. Bill (Shirley) Stevens, Route No. 1, 
Box 59, Lake Odessa, Michigan 48849 
(Tel. 616/693-2315) 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs. Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route No. 8, 
Box 297, Warsaw, Indiana 46580 (Tel. 


Miss Nora Macon, 109 Fourth Street, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 (Tel. 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut 
Street, Troy, Ohio 45373 (Tel. 513/ 


Msstonary mnhdays 


(If no address is listed, the address will be found in the August/ 
September ECHOES.; 


Rev. Tim Farner October 1 

Rev. George Johnson October 5 

Mrs. Imogene Burk October 18 


Matthew Ochocki October 3, 1979 

Mrs. Sharon Stallter October 8 

Mrs. Ruth Snyder October 20 

Rev. Marvin Goodman October 22 

Rev. Bob Skeen October 31 


Mrs. Nancy Graham October 10 

Mrs. Anita Paden October 1 1 

Rev. J. Paul Dowdy October 18 

Samuel Paden October 27 



WMC Operation and Publication Offering 

Goal : $8,000 

Due: September 10, 1982 

by Verna Birkey 

/ am God's own special treasure, 
One who 's precious in His sight. 
He has set His love upon me 
And in Him my soul delights. 

I'm so weak, hut He sustains me. 
Gives me strength for every day. 
My Companion every moment, 
He is with me all the way. 

How I praise Him, how I praise Him! 




Imomno barrm 

Experiences of 
love and how 
they were 
expressed are 
the discussion 
topics in 
WIVICs across 
the country 
during the 
coming year. 
The 1982-83 
theme is "Love 
Knows No 
Barriers" and it 
follows a study 
guide of the 
Book of Ruth 
by Margaret 
' Hess. 

lessons will 
center around 
experiences of 
and how love 
was expressed 
to them 
experiences or 

ABOVE ALL. love each other deeply, 
because love covers over a multitude of sins. 

1 Peter 4:8 NIV 

jZt- august '82 WMCi 

Meet Your 
WMC Officers 

This month, please meet Marilyn Weltmer, 

assistant secretary of our national WMC. 

She is active in her home church, the 

Rosemont Grace Brethren Church of 

Martinsburg, W. Va., where her husband 

served as pastor until recently— having had to 

resign because of health problems. 

Oh, yes! God does give us the desires of our 
hearts. He does let us see the accomplishment 
of godly goals we aim for. I know He does an- 
swer the earnest prayers from our hearts. 

Since I invited Jesus into my life as my 
Saviour at the age of 10, I have had a great 
and growing desire to serve Him in a special, 
"full-time" way. With each passing year, this 
quiet, shy little girl from Indiana had a firmly 
growing conviction that God was going to use 
her to serve Him in a full-time manner. Could 
it be the wife of a pastor? Yes! He granted the 
desire of my heart and confirmed His calling. 
For the past 23 years I have received great joy 
and blessing and satisfaction serving the Lord 
and the people He gave me to love in this ca- 

God also planted in my heart a growing de- 
sire to serve Him in a broader scope than my 

local church. I had an increasing hunger to 
serve women across our country and on for- 
eign fields also. As this desire grew, so did my 
prayers. When God gave us the privilege of 
coming into our Fellowship of Grace Brethren 
Churches in 1976, the answering of my 
prayers began. 

God has privileged me to sen/e Him in 
WMC at the local level as prayer chairman and 
assistant secretary; on the district level as 
prayer chairman, president, and assistant 
secretary; and now on the national level as 
your assistant secretary. 

I praise God, and thank you for the joy it 
has been to have served you in these capaci- 
ties. God bless us all as we work together at 
the local, district, and national level for His 
honor and glory and the benefit of each 
other. ■ 

ijou ^yvre Weru 
Special to 


I was going to tell you 
How special you are to me 

. . . But it went unsaid. 

I was going to tell you 
I cherish the moments we have shared 
. . . But it went unsaid. 

I was going to tell you 
I love you 

. . . But it went unsaid. 

I was going to tell you 
you allowed me the experience of caring 
. . . But it went unsaid. 

I was going to tell you 
All kinds of thoughts I wanted to share 
. . . But it went unsaid. 

But I'll try a little harder 
A little day by day 
And if I keep it up someway 
I won't have to repeat 

. . . "But it went unsaid." 

by Gil Rincon 

WMC of the Grace Brethren Church 
Santa Maria, California 

iWIVIC AUGUST -82 25i 

— Honor someone in your group each month 
with a gift and a special prayer. Then remember 
them in prayer throughout the month. 

— Don't forget to keep your missionary 
chest stocked. The missionaries appreciate a 
nice selection when they visit your church. 

— The men at the Ozark, Michigan, GBC 
gathered last fall for a wood cutting bee. A 
good number of men and boys helped cut and 
haul enough wood for the parsonage for the 
winter. The WMC ladies helped furnish food for 
the group. This might be a good way to help a 
needy family in your area! 

— Make a special quilt for a missionary! The 
North Long Beach, California, WMC ladies re- 
cently completed a friendship quilt to be used 
at the Chateau de St. Albain in France. Sixty- 
two families in the church are represented by a 
square in the quilt. The squares were each de- 
signed, embroidered or appliqued by someone 
in that family. Each square contains the name 
of the family or the maker and most have a 
Bible verse or reference. After the squares were 
completed, the quilt was put together by two 
WMC ladies and then tied by a group at their 
regular meeting. 

— Try a change of pace for your WMC meet- 
ings. An Indiana WMC holds a potluck dinner 
once a month after the morning worship serv- 
ice. It provides an opportunity to include hus- 
bands and also makes special invitations to the 
pastor, visitors, and others. The meeting is held 
following the dinner. ■ 

by Liz Cutler 

Winona Lake, Indiana 

It was an evening full of nostalgia. The bunny I 
received for Easter my tenth year perched on the 
piano bench, surrounded by my two-year collec- 
tion oi Seventeen magazines from the early 1970s. 
The evening was brought on by my parents' move 
into a smaller home and my already-too-small 
apartment. Something had to go! 

As I sorted through the pile of memorabilia, I 
came upon a pile of old correspondence. The 
familiar handwriting of a dear friend leaped up at 

She had just visited with me for the weekend. "I 
don't have anything in common with my old 
friends," she bemoaned about her recent move 
back to our hometown. We talked briefly about 
what keeps friendships together and after she left 
that afternoon, I wondered why ours had with- 
stood the years, particularly when her world of 
wife and mother is so far removed from my own 
single, career-minded lifestyle. 

I picked up the letter. As I read the opening 
lines, I realized it was a response to some unkind 
criticism I had written her while we were in high 
school. I have long since forgotten the specific 
instance that precipitated the original letter, but 
tears now streamed down my face as I read her 

"A month ago I would have sent a very nasty 
letter," my then teenaged-friend wrote. "I'm doing 
it out of love— for you— I love you like a sister," she 
added. In words that sound very mature for her 
age, she carefully pointed out where I was wrong. 
"That probably sounds pretty mushy," she added, 
"but I think you know it's Christian love." 

Christ taught "if your brother sins, go and 
reprove him in private; if he listens to you, you 
have won your brother" (Matt. 18:15 NASB). 

I, in my adolescent immaturity, had sinned 
against a sister. She, in her Christian love, had told 
me so. I must have listened— she's still my sister. ■ 






MICHELLE by Carolyn E. Phillips (Regal Books), paperback, $2.50 

In November of 1976, eight-year-old Michelle Price learned that a malignant tumor was growing in her 
leg. Even with amputation and months of painful chemotherapy treatments, the doctors gave her only a 4 per- 
cent chance of living. She faced the reality of death and accepted the loss of her leg. 

Michelle has won the hearts of many with her cheerfulness and simple but deep faith in God. This book 
is the remarkable story of a very special young lady . . . you'll laugh at her antics and cry with her through 
disappointments; but as you share this portion of her life, you'll surely fail in love with her! 

CAPTURED! by Carolyne Paine Miller (Christian Herald Books), paperback, $3.95 

A mother's true story of her family's imprisonment by the VIetcong. This book pulses with all the drama 
of a novel, yet is the true story of real people caught in the crossfire of war and revolution. From the fright- 
ening explosion of bombs around their home in Vietnam to the triumphant welcome on their return to the 
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A WOMAN FOR ALL SEASONS by Jeanne Hendricks (Thomas Nelson, Inc.), paperback, $4.95 

Many books have been written on the subject of women and much of what has been written has created 
only confusion. This book clears the confusion by digging into biblical history to ascertain truth from the past 
to clarify the present. She explains: "God has case histories, complete with editorial comment, on women in 
all slots of life. A close scrutiny of what He says is like finding answers in the back of the book. Womanhood 
suddenly makes sense and becomes a priceless privilege." 


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"It Must Have Been Some Kid" 

Someone just spent eight weeks do- 
ing nothing but helping people. It 
must have been some kid. 

Someone took some of their college 
savings and went to Brazil to build a 
chapel. Not quite your normal sum- 
mer. It must have been some kid. 

Someone's talking like he wants to 
use that evangelism training every day, 
and he wants to have an influence on 
his peers at the high school. It must be 
some kid! 

They're singing with special joy and 
gusto, and sometimes they even stomp 
their feet and laugh. It must be some 

of those kids. 

The youth ministries that collect 
many of our youth and young adults 
are having great success. And when es- 
pecially good things happen, it can 
often be traced to our kids. We have 
some of the finest. 

And I want to praise and thank our 
Lord for that. And I also want to 
point out how homes produce such 
quality. And local churches are great 
helps there. As we honor the kids, we 
also thank our Lord, and the parents 
who receive the gifts, and the churches 
that provide the training ground. 

But I also would like to here gi 
special thanks to Ed Lewis. As direct 
of our Youth Ministries, he carries ( 
a vigorous ministry, that can be copi 
by larger fellowships and denon 

Ed is married to ministry, in t 
name of Christ. He effectively en 
sions, and also produces and admin 
trates what he dreams. His passion f 
ministry almost always includes t 
young, getting them involved, teachi 
them to have a servant's heart, getti 
them to sing again "I Am Willing," t 
theme song of Operation Barnabas. 

GDC Christian Education 

Box 365, Winona Lake, IN 46590 
TeL 219/267-6622 


Team Member : 

Kathy Aulger 
Joe Beaver 
Lisa Breedlove 
Lynn Brickel 
Keith Carter 
Wesley Clark 
Larry Conover 
Debbie Davidson 
Sheila Drummond 
Bonita Eberhardt 
Ben England 
Kathleen Grubb 
Cari Havens 
Heidi Hoover 
Perry Huesmann 
Sharon Johnson 
Matt Landers 
Kelly Lord 
David Mathers 
Kimbery McBride 
Greg Miller 
Bob Nicholson 
Sheila Oyler 
Karen Patterson 
Michael Saldivar 
Gregory Secrist 
Mona Suzuki 

Leaders : 

Dave Bogue 

Dale Knepper 

Ed Lewis 

Roberta Naff 

Dan/Sue Thornton Kenai.AK 

Home Church : 

Ashland (Sojthview), OH 
Winona Lake, IN 
Buena Vista, VA 
Winona Lake, IN 
Norton, OH 
Irasburg, VT 
Akron (Ellet),OH 
Philadelphia (First). PA 
Dayton (First Grace), OH 
Ashland (Grace), OH 
Hagerstown, MD 
Norton, OH 
Osceola, IN 
Lanham, MD 
Wonhington, OH 
Roanoke (Ghent), VA 
Beaverton. OR 
Fort Wayne (Grace), IN 
Hagerstown (Grace), MD 
Pataskala, OH 
Mansfield, OH 
Winchester, VA 
Canton, OH 
Warsaw, IN 
Buena Vista, VA 
Aiea, HI 

Winona Lake, IN 
York, PA 
Winona Lake, IN 
Roanoke. VA 


Team Member : 

Charline Bonar 
Tim Caldwell 
Ralph Chapman 
Glenda Craig 
Jill Davison 
Marianne Ernest 
Randy Flick 
Gary Fouts 
Julie Friend 
Melanie Gilmer 
Terry Grow 
Matthew Huesmann 
Melody Jackson 
Robert Johnson 
Dan Kent 
Doug Kurtz 
Ron Kuykendall 
Bill Lehman 
Ronica Mansinon 
Dan McMaster 
Dawn Miller 
Mark Poyner 
Myra Reasor 
Wendy Ronk 
Pam Thompson 
M. VanderMeulen 
Karen VanTassel 
Brad Wise 


Joe/Kathy Bishop Warsaw, IN 
Dave Melton Atlanta, GA 

Russ/Melinda Woda Muncle, IN 

Home Church : 

North Canton, OH 
Wrightsville, PA 
Kokomo, IN 

Roanoke (Pat. Mem.), VA 
Modesto, CA 
Norton, OH 
Warsaw, IN 
Akron (Fairlawn), OH 
Roanoke (Ghent), VA 
Buena Vista, VA 
Worthington, OH 
Dayton (First Grace), OH 
Bellflower, CA 
Winona Lake, IN 
Martinsburg, PA 
Mission Viejo, CA 
Winona Lake, IN 
Bellflower, CA 
Omaha, NE 
North Canton, OH 
Hagerstown (Grace), MD 
Trotwood, OH 
Martinsburg, WV 
Alto, Ml 
Simi Valley, CA 
Irasburg, VT 
Mansfield, OH 


Judy Fairman 

Director of SMM 


Dates of Service: June 15 through July 28 

Team Member : 

Mark Aby 
Janet Bashore 
Carol Biddlecomb 
Kenneth Burk 
Marlene Cundlff 
Scott Dennull 
Lisa Falter 
Michael Felpel 
Michaele Flynn 
Gregory Froese 
Mark Gllgan 
Carylee Gilmer 
Tim Hatch 
Duane Hoover 
Dean Jannay 
Laurie Kann 
Daniel Martin 
Connie Maser 
Joel Moine 
Tim Moomaw 
Ken Meyer 
Bonnie NIssley 
Bonnie Ressler 
David Sarver 
Doug Shenk 
Nora Lynn Sibley 
Cindy Yeagley 
Gary Zimmerman 

Team Leaders : 

Ed/Susan Miller Warsaw, IN 
(and their two daughters, Stephanie and Jess 
Dave Knepper York, PA 

Nora Macon Winona Lake, IN 

Service In North Brazil, June 7- July 2 

Home Church : 

York, PA I 

Myerstown, PA I 

Bellflower, CA I 

Longview.TX I 

Roanoke (Wash. Hgts.), 
Union, OH 
Lititz, PA 

Roanoke (Ghent), VA 
Osceola, IN 
Beaverton, OR 
Roanoke (Ghent), VA 
York, PA 
Martinsburg, PA 
Roanoke, (Pat. Mem.), 
San Jose, CA 
Orange, CA 
Lititz, PA 
Rittman, OH 
Telford, PA 
Martinsburg, PA 
Wooster, OH 
Hastings, Ml 
Lititz, PA 
Osceola, IN 
Elizabethtown, PA 
Lancaster, PA 

lany of our youth ministries are 
offspring of Ed's caring for youth. 

expansion of our TIME (Training 
Missionary Endeavor) program, 
e causing a few headaches about 
ng all the funds for all these 
th, has also meant that there are 
e turning to foreign and home mls- 
s. Ed's heart is first with the Lord, 
then with the youth and missions 

i/hile leading these national minis- 
, he continues to conduct some 
e studies in local high schools and 
active in his home church. 

also salute Judy (Ashman) Fair- 
, leader of our girls' ministries. She 
been directing for six years, and 

SMM has taken on her vibrant person- 
ality. The books and the time and the 
input into the ministry of Patronesses 
are a salute to her effective ministry. 

For the past several years Kevin 
Huggins has been on our team of 
youth directors. While assisting in 
other areas, too, he has also been the 
editor of our outstanding youth pro- 
grams. I call them the most easily used 
and most well-written in the country! 
While moving to the full-time chaplain 
position at Grace College, a ministry in 
which his effect has been so widely 
recognized and loved, Kevin will con- 
tinue as director of our outstanding 
"Timothy Teams," four teams of ten 
or twelve college youth who go to 

churches to share ministry spirits and 
build excellence and involvement in 
the ministries. 

Of course, these directors depend 
on the outstanding coordinators and 
others who go with our Barnabas 
teams, lead special projects, and write 
and share to help our national minis- 

I join you in giving God thanks for 
these youth ministries that are a part 
of the GBC Christian Education. I 
have been saluting those who honor 
our Lord by obedient growth! ■ 

in Christian ed, youth, and church growth 

Knute Larson 

Executive Director 

Ed Lewis 

Director of Youth Ministries 

Kevin Huggins 

Director of Road Ministries 



Team Member: 


Home Church: 

Tom Betcher 


Warsaw, IN 

Tim/Karen Boyd 


Omaha, NE 

Susan Catlin 


Worthington, OH 

Joseph Ciarrocchi 


Mt. Laurel, NJ 

Melinda Franchino 


W/arsaw, IN 

Mary Jane Fretz 


Winona Lake, IN 

Lorrie Gottschalk 


South Bend, IN 

Fibi Hanna 


Martinsburg, WV 

Peter Hawkins 


Winona Lake, IN 

Wes/Karen Heckman 


Chambersburg, PA 

Mark Klise 


Worthington, OH 

David Kowaike 


Warsaw, IN 

Jean L'Esperance 


Irasburg, VT 

Rick/Melanie Meads 


Osceola, IN 

Patricia Morris 



Chris Nord 


Bellflower, CA 

John Oeize 


Winona Lake, IN 

Karen Royer 



LeeAnn Shirley 


South Bend, IN 

Mark/Joy Sims 


Worthington, OH 

Jonathan Skiles 


Modesto (Big VaU.CA 

Phil Steele 


Dayton (First Gr.), OH 

Julie Swanson 


Pleasonton, CA 

Also going over for part of the institute: Knute/Jeanine 
Larson and their two daughters, Alison and Elise. 

Dates of Service: June 2 through July 13 


jsident— John Willett, At Large— Galen Wiley, Bill Snell 

ce President— Bernie 

Simmons, Lititz 
cretary— David Plaster, 


Large-Ed Cashman, 


Chuck Davis 
Mike Grill 
Roy Halberg 
James Poyner 
Randy Poyner 
Mick Rockafellow 

Sonny Thayer 
Roger Wambold 
Milan Yerkovich 

Member : 

Kelly Gillis 
Diana Graney 
Pat Ide 

Denny Leistner 
Helen Lyies 
Dottle Hazllp 
Tara Kinnunen 
Chris Klinedinst 
Jackie Sullivan 
Karen Darrough 
Claudia Troyer 
Louise Brown 

Tracy Mehlhoff 

Diana Trice 

Dick Schilperoort 
Peter Hawkins 

Field : 












Mexico City 


Mexico City 

(Spearhead ) 

Mexico City 




Dates of Service: Home Church: 
















7/1 5/82-6/25/83 

Simi Valley, CA 
Santa Maria, CA 
Island Pond, VT 
Berne, IN 
Akron, OH 
Peru, IN 
Wrightsville, PA 
Newark, DE 
Worthington, OH 
Davenport, lA 

Bellflower, CA 

Orange, CA 

Winona Lake, IN 


A special 8-track convention is for you at our national 
conference, featuring a church growth seminar by Dr. Paul 
George, pastoral care by Pastor Ed Cashman and staff, a 
woman's seminar by Miss Nancy DeMoss, and five tracks by 
Scripture Press' special leaders, giving their Teacher Devel- 
opment Seminar. 

These are exquisite choices. Anyone you make will be a 
good one! 

If you are among the delegates and other attenders, may 
the warmth of Palm Springs be overshadowed by the 
warmth of your commitment to local church ministries. 
These workshops should help! ■ 


n In memory of the late Dr. Homer A. Kent, Sr., the 
Kent family gave a pulpit to Grace Village at Winona 
Lake, Ind., for their chapel. In accepting this gift. 
Rev. Sherwood Durkee, Grace Village administrator, 
stated that it was appropriate to honor Dr. Kent, Sr.'s 
ministry over the years, both as a pastor and professor 
at Grace Theological Seminary, training men for the 
ministry. Left to right in the photo above are: Dr. 
and Mrs. Homer A. Kent, Jr.; Mrs. Homer A. Kent, 
Sr.; behind her. Rev. Wendell Kent; Mrs. Wendell 
Kent; and Miss Eleanor Kent. (Photo by Sherwood 

D The Brethren Minister's Handbook (which was first 
printed in 1948) is no longer available. A new hand- 
book was authorized in 1977 by the national minis- 
terium, and the manuscript is nearing completion by 
the appointed committee. The material has not yet 
been released to the Herald Co. for printing— please 
watch for a later announcement as to the handbook's 
price and its scheduled completion date. 

D The Grace Brethren Church of Winchester, Va., has 
purchased an eight-acre (plus option) parcel of land 
on the north end of the city for future expansion 
plans. The need for parking space and room for nu- 
merical growth were ample reasons for this much- 
needed development. 

D Russ Simpson has resigned from the pastorate of 
the New Albany, Ind., Grace Brethren Church, and is 
awaiting the call of the Lord for his future ministry. 

D Gary Austin was ordained to the Brethren ministry 
:^=30 AUGUST -82 RMH — 

on May 23 at Warsaw, Ind., and he and his family are 
heading back to Africa. Gary will teach in the Pre- 
paratory Bible School and work with the pastors of 
that district. 

DJeff Gill was licensed at Warsaw, Ind., GBC, and 
has assumed the pastorate of the Delaware, Ohio, 

D Ron Smals is the new pastor at Virginia Beach, Va. 
Ron was originally from the State of Virginia, and 
served with the GBC of Warsaw, Ind., during his 
seminary days. 

D Keith Merriman is the new full-time pastor of the 
new church in Orrville, Ohio. He was recently 
licensed by his home church at Indianapolis, Ind. 

D John Gillis has resigned at the GBC of Simi Valley, 
Calif., and is heading to Eagle River, Alaska, to begin 
a new church there. 

D Howard Altig has resigned as pastor at Community 
Grace Brethren Church of Long Beach, Calif. 

n Pastor John Mayes of Longview, Texas, has begun 
a Bible study in Atlanta, Texas, which is very close 
to the Louisiana border. Some members of the North 
Long Beach Brethren Church, Long Beach, Calif., 
have moved to this area and are anxiously awaiting 
the establishment of a Brethren church there. 

D Ron Warrick, and wife, Carol, have moved to Cone- 
maugh. Pa., where Ron will assume the pastorate of 
the Conemaugh Grace Brethren Church. 

D Biola University announced that Dr. Clyde Cook, 
president of O.C. Ministries, has been chosen as 
Biola's new president by unanimous vote of the board 
of trustees, which was effective July 1 . Dr. Cook 
earned the Doctorate in Missiology from Fuller Theo- 
logical Seminary, the Master of Theology and Master 
of Divinity from Talbot Theological Seminary and 
the Bachelor of Arts from Biola. 

chanae ycur annual 

E. H. Bearinger, 3901 Bahia Vista St., No. 604, 
Sarasota, FL 33582 • Michael Blakley, 5357 
Howard, 1-2, Ontario, CA 91761 • Gary Cole, 82 
Hollow Branch Crossing, Rt. 2, Ormond Beach, FL 
32074 • John Hartman, 6332 Maplewood Rd., 
R-201, Cleveland, OH 44124 • William Heinsman, R. 
R. 1, Spencerville, IN 46788 • Mark Henning, 8105 
Springer, N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87109 • Donald 
Jentes, 40594 Johnston Ave., Hemet, CA 92343 • 
Stephen Johnson, 20072 Fifth St., Winona Lake, IN 
46590 • Randy Senior, 6234 Eckleson St., Lake- 
wood, CA 90713 • James Snavely, 60 Country Ct., 
Landisville, PA 17538 • William Towne, 1136 Clif- 
ford Dr., Lake Almanor, CA 96137 • Robert 
Wilson, 506 Walsh St., Grass Valley, CA 95945. 

Brethren Annual information forms will be mailed to 
all churches August 13. Please return them to the 
Missionary Herald Co. no later than Sept. 7, 1982, in 
order that work may be started on the 1983 Annual. 

D Looking for a youth director or assistant pastor? 
Confidential resumes are available upon request from 
GBC Christian Education, Box 365, Winona Lake, 
Ind. 46590. Those seeking such positions may also 
contact the above address. 

D Rev. and Mrs. Vernon Schrock celebrated their 
Golden Wedding Anniversary June 27 with an "open 
house" held at the Grace Brethren Church, Waterloo, 
Iowa. A short program followed. CONGRATU- 

DRAPER GIRL-A new film from Ken Anderson is 
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D At a chapel service at the U.S. Military Academy at 
West Point, some 1,400 gift Bibles, each individually 
embossed with the cadet's name, were presented by 
the American Tract Society to incoming students. 

Begun back in 1869, the Society has provided gift 
Bibles to the entering class. 


Death notices must be submitted in writing by the pastor. 

BLACK, Mrs. Anna, 77, Feb. 25. She was an active member 
of the Grace Brethren Church of Martinsburg, Pa., for 57 
years. William Snell, pastor. 

CALLENDER, Mervyn, April 8. He had served in Child 
Evangelism Fellowship for 33 years and was a member of the 
Ellet Grace Brethren Church, Akron, Ohio. Gerald Teeter, 

DESHONG, Ethel, 91, May 19. She, along with her late hus- 
band, had been a founding member of the Mill Run Grace 
Brethren Church, Westernport, Md., where she held her mem- 
bership. Daniel Moeller, pastor. 

DEVITZ, John, 60, February 27. He was a regular attender 

of the Myerstown Grace Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. 

Luke Kauffman, pastor. 

FARST, Robert, 35, June 5, a member of the Myerstown 

Grace Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pa. Luke Kauffman, 


FISCHER, W. Michael, 34, May 26. He was a member of the 

Grace Brethren Church of Gallon, Ohio. Maynard Tittle, 


HOWELL, Burnard, May 15. He was a member of the Ellet 

Grace Brethren Church of Akron, Ohio, for 26 years. Gerald 

Teeter, pastor. 

ROBERTSON, Wyllys W. "Buck," 68, March 17. He was a 

longtime friend and faithful attender of the Grace Brethren 

Church of Winchester, Va. Gerald Allebach, pastor. 


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Denise Grubb and Jim Castle, August 29, 1981, Marion, 
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Penny Leidy and Keith Smith, Feb. 13, at the Grace Brethren 
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The following weddings were solemnized at the Myerstown 
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Ann Bashore and James Gingrich, April 24. 

Stephanie Sites and Robert Miller, June 5. 

Lisa Fake and Larry Gettler, June 12. 

Faith Donley and Philip Greer, June 19. 

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Luke and Sandy Kauffman 
share a moment with 
Christine at the Barn 
Recording Studio during the 
production of "For Those 
Who Hurt." 

Christine Wyrtzen— a Ministry of Music 

The following interview of Christine 
Wyrtzen was conducted by Luke E. 
Kauffman, pastor of the Myerstown Grace 
Brethren Church, Myerstown, Pennsylvania, 
and this year's moderator of the Grace 
Brethren Fellowship. The interview was 
conducted on April 5, 1982, and is being 
aired on several radio stations throughout 
the country. It has been lauded "a classic, 
masterpiece interview" by station managers. 

by Paula J. Bussard 
Manager, Loveland Communications, Inc. 

L.K. Christine Wyrtzen is here at the Myerstown 
Grace Brethren Church, where she has just concluded 
a concert to over 1 ,400 people, in which she debuted 
her album entitled, "For Those Who Hurt." Christine, 
what actually brought about this album? 

C.W. Well, the birth of the idea developed as a 
result of the Lord using a song called "The Fire." We 
received so many letters relating the way it had 
touched people . . . near death. Because of this, the 
whole idea has been born, and the Lord has miracu- 
lously pulled all the details together to make it pos- 

L.K. Why did you choose Myerstown to make 
your debut in this area? 

C.W. Well, there's a very special pastor and his wife 
who have taught us much about suffering with their 
unquestioning faith in God when things seem unfair. 
There's a special friendship and bond here. You 



7 t| 

know, usually, you do a new album and incorporate 
five or six of the songs into a concert. We did the 
whole album last night without any kind of verbal in- 
troduction between songs. 

L.K. We have established that this album is pre- 
senting itself differently from other albums. Is there 
anything else unique about its approach? 

C.W. It's also being packaged very unusually. 
Chuck Swindoll has written a book also called, "For 
Those Who Hurt" which has been extremely well 
received. It will be included with the album and will 
be a beautiful package. What one doesn't say emo- 
tionally or objectively, the other will. 

L.K. And how long did this album take to create 
before going to a recording studio to do your final 

C.W. We started praying about it in September and 
recorded it in February. So there were five or six 
months of work. 

L.K. How many songs did you write on the album? 
C.W. I had a part in five of the eleven songs. 

L.K. "For Those Who Hurt" was a concept that 
I'm sure you felt the Christian church needed to hear. 
Why did you think we should have an album on the 
subject of Christian suffering? 

C.W. Well, there are many books that deal with the 
subject, but, to my knowledge, there are no albums 
that deal specifically with teaching about why God 
would send pain into our lives . . . how we should 
deal with it . . . and the fact that we can persevere be- 
cause we do have a hope that all our problems and 
our pain are only temporary. 

L.K. People want to know you have suffered. You 
are going to talk to us and sing to us where we hurt, 
where we cry, and they want to know you. What have 
you felt in the area of personal suffering? 

C.W. That's a legitimate question. I have known no 
disease, no deaths in the family. However, we waited 
five or six years for children, and along the way, the 
Lord brought several children whom we thought 
would join our home. At the last minute, things 
didn't work out. This produced some severe testing 
and disappointments. And working in the ministry 
and business, there have been some betrayals of 
friends and that type of thing to learn to handle. 

L.K. When one enters a subject of getting personal 
counsel regarding suffering to the Christian world, we 
can expect a great avalanche of response. People who 
hurt are taught by God to reach out, that we should 
bear each other's burdens. When this album begins to 
go to bookstores and to homes, how is the Christine 
Wyrtzen Ministry prepared to respond? 

C.W. Well, we are already beginning to condense 
messages to mail out that would deal with the five or 
six most common ways we do suffer. {See Editor's 
note.) We are also looking into hiring some counselors 
to help us answer some mail. 

L.K. Christine, let's look at the subject of the 
audience and how you prepare your heart when you 
face an audience. 

C.W. The preparation goes really long before I 
stand up in front of people. An objective in picking 
out material is choosing songs that are a little bit above 
my head spiritually so that every time I sing them 
they will challenge me to grow. Also, I start out my 
concerts with a prayer that is only for me, because it 
is in that first song that Satan tries his best to dis- 
tract me. 

L.K. Naturally, you haven't been in music like this 
all of your life. How did you hear this call from the 

C.W. I took an objective look at my area of minis- 
try five years ago, and that was basically that of an 
accompanist. I saw that it was becoming routine and 
stale, and I knew I would be coming very soon to a 
dangerous point. And I said, "Lord, I really don't 
want that to happen, bring something new and chal- 
lenging to me." And little did I know that He would 
do that so very soon! In a month, someone came and 
asked me to sing my first solo. And being very shy, 
and not being spontaneous on a platform, I thought 
that the Lord had made a drastic mistake! He has 
used that infantile state of emotion— standing up 
there and feeling totally helpless-to begin to teach 
me His sufficiency. And it has been a real learning 

L.K. I'd like to ask you a very sensitive question, 
one that critics of Christianity throw at what we call 
"Christian artists." Their accusation is that many of 
us who work in public to produce albums and who 
write books are on an ego trip, and that we are being 
fed by the desire to have people applaud us. How do 
you respond to the little whisper that says, "Christine 
Wyrtzen, this just may be an ego trip— making albums 
and having concerts"? 

C.W. That is a very hard challenge to deal with. I 
think probably the first thing that all of us as artists, 
myself included, often forget is that the more success- 
ful we become, the more of a servant we should be. 
And I, in the beginning of my ministry, did not deal 
with an ego problem because it was so very, very 
hard. And, as singing started becoming easier, I saw 
my own self-sufficiency growing. It was at that point 
that I saw the ministry declining, and I said, "Lord, 
please continue to bring things into my life that will 
keep me in that state of dependency." And He has 
done that in expansion of the ministry, stress prob- 
lems, and so forth. 

L.K. You are Mrs. Christine Wyrtzen. That means 
you have a husband, and his name is Ron, the son of 
Jack Wyrtzen. We sometimes hear of Ron, Don and 
Jack. How do you relate when someone says, "Well, 
Christine is just using her last name— Wyrtzen— she has 
a great image that she's built upon." What does that 
do to you when someone says or implies that? 

C.W. There's no way you can combat that. Just be 

iBMH AUGUST '82 00i 

yourself and minister the way the Lord would have 
you to do. I am just myself, and I don't worry about it. 

L.K. How does Ron work with you in your sched- 
uling of concerts, and what does he do while you 
have a concert? 

C.W. We have found our family life challenged a 
great deal since my ministry has expanded. And the 
only way we can find that it can work harmoniously 
is for the two of us to continue to communicate and 
pray together about the ministry. When it gets down 
to the nitty-gritty details of carrying out scheduling, 
we both sit down and pray together over each request. 
Then Ron will take the calendar and design where I 
should be and when. And I have that security that, 
should things go wrong at home, he has designed my 
public ministry. He is at home praying for me. 

L.K. Christine, you and your husband are local 
church people, I assume. What do you and Ron do in 
your local church? 

C.W. I am full-time organist. Ron is in charge of all 
the electronics, tape ministry, and so forth. And we 
are both involved in referrals and some lay counseling. 

L.K. Many times the accusation is made toward 
those who do extensive traveling that they have for- 
gotten the local church. Most ministries now rent 
civic halls, and there are tickets being sold. The local 
church back home has to have local music. They can't 
afford what it takes to bring in a special Christian 
artist. Prices are so high. How do you respond to the 
frustration in the local church, since you are local- 
church oriented? 

C.W. Well, there have been many articles written, 
but I've really seen few that are balanced. Granted, 
there is an abuse in over-charge. However, there are 
some people with whom I've discussed the cost of 
their ministry who have a very high overhead. Just 
flight expenses are outrageous these days. Personally, 
I do not have a high overhead, and we never want 
finances to be a deterrent to a local church having us. 
Basically, if we are in an auditorium on Friday or 
Saturday night, we will go to the local church on Sun- 
day on a love-offering basis. It is that local church/ 
small crowd relationship that keeps the freshness in 
my ministry. 

L.K. As you look at what's being marketed today 
in Christian music, what are you seeing in the con- 
tent? What is being said, and how is it being said, as 
far as the text? 

C.W. I am concerned because we aren't putting a 
lot of meat into our lyrics. It seems to be all experi- 
ential. "Jesus makes me high, Jesus makes me happy." 
But we are not giving a balance— a realistic view of 
what really being a Christian is like. There needs to be 
a realistic picture painted; musically, as well as just 
the spoken Word. 

L.K. You have just finished your eighth album, 
"For Those Who Hurt," and I'm sure you're not 
about to retire. What do you see coming up as an al- 
bum number nine that will say, "This is what 

Christine wants to say to the world musically"? 

C.W. Well, we have many visions at this point. 
Number nine may be an introduction to Proverbs for 
children. Hopefully, it will be a series. Proverbs is so 
rich that we had decided first of all to just make one 
musical. But, when we started studying it, we saw 
that it was so rich, we decided to make the first al- 
bum just an introduction. Then, probably three more 
in a series after that. Beyond that, I would like to do 
a musical for churches about marriage. It would 
center around a husband and wife teaching their 
daughter who is about to get married how to handle 
stress points and certain problems in marriage. We are 
also considering that. 

L.K. Now, when you do an album, and that's the 
word I suppose we use. Of course, you sing it; what 
else do you do? Do you write, lead the orchestra, do 
your own editing, or cover layout design work? What 
is it that you also give besides the actual vocal track? 

C.W. I do a lot of the arranging, some of the writ- 
ing, because, obviously, if the Lord has laid a theme 
on my heart, the material is also there. I usually hire 
another producer to go with me to the studio, and 
then we will take turns conducting the orchestra and 
alternate songs and who's in charge of laying down 
that particular track. Usually, with the background 
vocals, I work with a gentleman, and the two of us 
will sing five or six times until we get the background 
vocals completed. I also play flute in the orchestra, so 
It's a busy week. 

L.K. And you play piano? 
C.W. Piano, also, um-hum. 

L.K. I'm sure that as a Christian artist, you debate 
how to interpret rhythm and beat into the Christian 
message. What do you feel is comfortable? How 
heavy do you go with percussion or rhythm when 
you produce an album? 

C.W. There are no sure and fast formulas. When we 
mix an album, I guess I listen back and ask, "Do 
people have to concentrate to hear my words, or are 
they open and audible?" I am not really hung upon 
style, but the words must be heard. 

L.K. Christine, the closing theme of "For Those 
Who Hurt" is one of victory. Would you share those 
encouraging thoughts with us today, please? 

C.W. This is a victorious finale to the album— very 
exciting! I can hardly wait for the day when I can 
stand in glory and walk up to Joni Eareckson, em- 
brace her and have her hug me back. But right now, 
I can walk up to a person in a wheelchair at the end 
of a concert and put my arms around them and say, 
"Praise God, this is only temporary." And that is the 
hope that we have. That song simply says that one 
day there will be no more suffering, no more pain, 
because "Jesus Will Reign." ■ 

(BMH Editor's note: The series of messages being prepared 
for publication to be used in a follow-up ministry of "For 
Those Who Hurt" are sermons delivered by Pastor Kauffman 
at the Myerstown Grace Brethren Church.) 

:34- AUGUST '82 BMH: 

by Denny Brown 

Assistant Director of Development 
Students on the campus of Grace College and 
Seminary enjoyed the benefits of the first year of 
the Pursuing Priorities Campaign. Art students in the 
1981-82 school year found the aesthetic environment 
of the newly refurbished Colonial Hall helpful in 
developing their creative skills. 

Faculty and staff alike, joined the student body 
this past year in making use of the new Alpha Dining 
Commons. The expanded facility immediately 
relieved the long lines and crowded conditions that 
were a result of the positive growth patterns of Grace 
Schools over the years. 

The proposed energy-efficient new Grace Student 
Services Center to be built at a cost of $1.5 million 
will be centrally located between McClain Hall to the 

south and Morgan Library to the north. Designed to 
better serve the needs of students, faculty and the 
public, it will be the hub of activity as the Central 
Administration Building and General Information 

Student-faculty offices located in the lower level 
will include Support Services, Student Affairs, 
Student Aid, Registrar and Financial Offices. Services 
provided for the general public in the upper level will 
be College Admissions, Seminary Admissions, Busi- 
ness Affairs, Food Service, Alumni and Development 

Since artificial lighting is the biggest, single user of 
energy in an office building, natural daylighting will 
be utilized through a central skylight. In the new 
center maximum insulation will be used as v.'ell as 

(Continued on page 38) 


Jesse Deloe 

Joins Grace 

Schools' Staff 

by Homer A. Kent, Jr., 


I am pleased to announce that 
Rev. Jesse B. Deloe will be joining 
the staff of Grace Schools on Sep- 
tember 1, assuming the newly 
established position of Assistant to 
the President. He will serve as my 
administrative assistant, coordinat- 
ing such matters as long-range plan- 
ning, agenda preparation, and the 
implementation of policy, as well as 
relieving me of tasks which do not 
require my personal attention. The 
new position was established by the 
Board of Trustees as a result of care- 
ful study following the resignation 
of executive vice president Dr. John 
Davis earlier this year to return to 
full-time teaching. Changing cir- 
cumstances and new needs led to an 
adjusting of the administrative 

Jesse Deloe is a graduate of Indi- 
ana University (1956) and Grace 
Theological Seminary (1960). He 
also attended Bryan College, and 
did graduate work in several other 
institutions. He has had extended 
experience as a pastor in four 
Grace Brethren churches (Waterloo, 
Iowa; Cleveland, Ohio; Dayton 
(North Riverdale), Ohio; Whittier 
(Grace), California), and was 




At 6 p.m. on Friday, October 1, Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr., 
president of Grace College and Grace Theological Seminary, 
would like to invite you as a "Friend of Grace" in Southern 
California to an appreciation banquet at The Inn at the Park, 
1855 South Harbor Boulevard in Anaheim to share in the 
excitement of the future of the two schools. 

As a guest of Grace Schools, you will have opportunity to 
meet Dr. Kent and other Grace personnel. Rev. Jerry 
Twombly, director of Alumni Relations and Extension Min- 
istries, will be on hand to update the Pursuing Priorities 
Campaign in the '80s. 

We welcome the opportunity to become more involved 
with our West Coast friends and to share intimately what 
God is doing for our schools and our Fellowship. Please 
accept our personal invitation to attend. Advance reservations 
may be made through your pastor. ■ 

moderator of the Fellowship of 
Grace Brethren Churches in 1980. 
He taught French and linguistics in 
Grace College during 1957 to 1960. 
For the past seven years, he has 
been director of church relations at 
Brethren Foreign Missions. His 
knowledge of Brethren churches 
and of Brethren missions makes 
him well suited to his new role in 
the administration at Grace College 
and Seminary. These institutions 
have been preparing pastors and 
missionaries for Brethren churches 

and mission fields, as well as others, 
for 45 years, and have also been 
educating the young people coming 
from those churches and missions. 

Jesse and his wife, Gladys, are 
the parents of two sons: Christo- 
pher, 22, of Fort Wayne, Indiana; 
and Jon, 17, at home. Jesse and i 
have had a long acquaintance, 
having both grown up in the First 
Brethren Church of Washington, 
D.C. (now Lanham, Md.), where 
the pastor was my father, Homer A. 
Kent, Sr. ■ 




Grace College Offers Computer Science Course 

Dr. Vance A. Yoder, academic dean, an- 
nounces that Grace College now offers a 
major in Computer Science leading to a 4-year 
degree. The course is designed for the student 
who has a strong interest in computer pro- 

A large portion of the course work is 
devoted to learning some of the more impor- 
tant computer languages. The major includes 
programming, courses in BASIC, COBOL, 
FORTRAN, RPGII and Machine/Assembly, as 
well as courses such as Data Structures, 
Numerical Methods, Digital Logic. Courses 
also include Computer Electronics, Computer 
Organization, and Information Systems. 

It is expected that students in the program 

will also have an aptitude in business and/or 
mathematics. At least one semester of ac- 
counting and one semester of calculus are 
recommended for Computer Science majors. 
An accompanying major or minor in business 
or mathematics is also available. 

More information about the major in 
Computer Science is available by writing the 
Office of Admissions, Grace College, 200 
Seminary Drive, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

Affiliated with the Fellowship of Grace 
Brethren Churches, Grace College is a 4-year, 
coeducational Christian School of the Arts 
and Sciences accredited by the North Central 
Association. ■ 

ISRAEI the land of the Bible. 

Nazareth, Bethlehem, Jerusalem . . 
its cities tell a magnificent story 

The Sea of Galilee, the Jordan, the Dead Sea . . 
its scenes provoke our imagination 

A manger, the Mount of Olives, Calvary . . 
its sites make your Bible live 

SWITZERLAND ... the land of unparalleled beauty. 

Crystal clear lakes, majestic Alpine peaks, 

the clanging of cow bells echoing 

through the hills. 

Switzerland in springtime. Green, 
lush, enchanting. 

Israel and Switzerland. Luke Kauffman will minister 
the Word of God; Randy Poyner will minister in 
music for twelve unforgettable days in March. Join 
US-March 14-26, 1983-a five star trip of a lifetime. 

For more information, write: 


Grace College and Seminary 

200 Seminary Drive 

Winona Lal<e, IN 46590 





(Continued from page 35) 

precisely designed window locations and 
sizes in addressing the general energy 
needs relating to heating and cooling. 

The landscaping, in combination with 
the proposed forum area on the east side 
of the building, enhances the existing 
campus and provides a meeting place for 
both formal and informal gatherings. The 
elimination of McClain Drive from just 
east of McClain Hall to a point north of 
Alpha Hall gives the feeling of a central 
campus "quadrangle." 

The Board of Trustees of Grace Schools 
has authorized construction of the new 
facility as soon as 75 percent of the total 
construction cost is in hand. You can be 
instrumental in helping Grace Schools to 
reach that 75 percent goal of $1 ,1 25,000. 

Please pray with us as we strive to- 
gether to build the Student Services 
Center and to build for His kingdom. ■ 


Many, many people across our Fellow- 
ship have sacrifically supported their 
schools with their prayers and gifts. They 
have had the added privilege of seeing 
their employers match their donations to 
Grace Schools. 

Does your employer match your chari- 
table gifts? Would you like him to match 
your gifts to Grace? In most cases, em- 
ployers are happy to develop a Matching 
Gift Program, if they do not already have 

For more information, contact Dennis 
Brown, Grace Schools, Winona Lake, In- 
diana 46590. ■ 

is as follows: 


Rev. Henry L. Southeast District Minls- 

Radford terium 

Mrs. W. H. Greenwood 

Elaine Mangin Miss Evelyn Kohler 

j^ -— . Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. 

|lg4^^^A Kohler 

HI I ll I ■ schools Herman Paul Boyer Miss Evelyn Kohler 

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Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

Joins Grace College Faculty 

Mrs. Lynn Swisher has been named Instructor in Nursing at 
Grace College for the 1982-83 academic year. She replaces 
Mrs. Carole Ward, who left the community when her husband 
graduated from Grace Theological Seminary on May 21. 

Mrs. Swisher attended Grace College and graduated cum 
laude with a B.S.N, degree from Ball State University in 1977. 
She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, national nursing honor 
society, and has been employed at the Bronson Methodist Hos- 
pital in Kalamazoo, Michigan, since 1978. She and her hus- 
band, Mark, will move to Winona Lake this summer and he 
will enter Grace College as a transfer student from Grand 
Rapids School of the Bible and Music. ■ 


OCTOBER 15-16 

Homecoming is that traditional time 
w/ien alumni return to campus, 
it's a time to renew old acquaintances, 
to reflect on years that were, 
and to anticipate the years ahead. 
Homecoming is a reunion. 

Parents' Weekend provides parents 

an opportunity to visit with their son or daughter 

while sharing with faculty and alumni. 

You catch a glimpse of campus 

and of our dreams for what will be. 

Homecoming-Parents' Weekend at Grace College— 
A weekend never to be forgotten! 





The Pine Grove, Pennsylvania GBC 
has a problem. 

The church began in 1977 as a home 
Bible study under Howard Gelsinger. 
Now It is a growing Home Missions 
point with close to 90 in attendance. 
The problem? The present Pine Grove 
facility is bursting at the seams. 

Enter the Brethren Investment Foun- 

The Pine Grove Church would 
like to build on its five acres of 
land. The BIF is taking an active 
part in turning this dream into a 
reality. Pine Grove GBC will be 
receiving a 9.75% growth loan 
from the BIF. When compared 
with loans from secular institu- 
tions, at 13 to 15%, one can 

realize the sub- 
stantial savings in- 
volved. That's 
why we're here 
... to put church 
expansion within 
the reach of even 
newborn GBCs. 

Rev. Howard 
Gelsinger, Pastor 
of the Pine Grove 
GBC, commented 
on the BIF. 

Dear Brother Fretz, 

When the church was choosing a 
loaning institution they looked for one 
that cared about the Lord's work, of- 
fered comparable interest rates, and 
had favorable reports of previous 
working relationships. The BIF rated 
tops in each of these areas, and 
therefore, the Pine Grove Grace 
Brethren Church has chosen to bor- 
row the need- 
ed funds from 
the BIF. 

The working 
with you and 
your office 
during the 
past months 
of planning has been a real delight. I'm 
also sure you realize that with the 
9.75% interest versus the commercial 
loan rate of today we could save over 
$300,000.00 over a 20 year period. 

I'm glad the Lord has raised up the 
BIF for this purpose. May Cod con- 
tinue to give you wisdom as you serve 
Him at the BIF. 

For the Alta 
Loma, Califor- 
nia GBC, a BIF 
loan meant a 
savings of over 
$142,000. The 
Southern Lan- 
caster, Penn- 
sylvania, GBC is 
saving over 
$200,000. And 
the Anchorage, 

Alaska, GBC is saving over $300,000 in 
interest expense with their BIF loan. 

You've seen our ministry. You know 
the need. Now you can help, it is only 
through your deposits that we can 
continue this fruitful endeavor. Join 
with us as we plan big things. Invest in 
our Fellowship, invest in the Brethren 
Investment Foundation. 


Pastor Howard Gelsinger p.O Box 587 Winona Lake, IN 46590 

Eighth Anniversary Finds Progress 
Continuing at Grace Village 

The blessing of God upon Grace Village continues throughout 
1982, with a total of 1 19 residents enjoying the comfort and fellow- 
ship in this unique facility. Grace Village takes great pride in its 
residents. This special group of retired Christian people have the 
opportunity of caring and sharing with each other, and Grace Village ' 
Retirement Center is "a very satisfying home." Residents may enjoy 
the freedom of no lawn care, no meal preparation, no dishes, and no 
worry about heating and cooling systems or leaky faucets. Chapel 
programs are held during the week, and there are resident activities 
in the total facility as well as monthly birthday parties. 

The highlight of our eighth anniversary year was the opening of 
our 33-bed Health Care Facility. This area is completely staffed by a 
director of nurses and licensed personnel 24 hours a day. Currently, 
there are 27 occupants in this facility. 

Two more residential wings are now under construction, which 
will add 22 more individual living apartments to the Grace Village 
complex. At the present time, there are 90 individual living apart- 
ments and 9 assisted-care apartments which are occupied. 


Grace Village offers you an opportunity to earn a high rate of 
interest and also assist in the continuing expansion program at the 
Grace Village Retirement complex. Ask for brochures which 
describe the following plans: 

Investment Notes 

Investments may be made individually or jointly. Interest is 
compounded or paid in cash, whichever you wish. Depending on the 
amount you wish to invest, and the length of time you place your 
investment, you may earn 7%, 9V2%, or 10% interest. 

Grace Village Annuities 

An annuity is a gift to Grace Village, from which you receive a 
guaranteed fixed income for your lifetime. 

Interested in Retirement Living? 

Grace Village offers carefree living during retirement years. All 
details are presented in a "Question and Answer" brochure. 
Please send more information concerning the following: 

D Available Apartments D Health Care Facilities 

n Gifts and Annuities D Cost 




City /State 




Rev. Sherwood Durkee, Administrator 
P.O. Box 337 • Winona Lake, IN 46590 • Phone: 219/269-2499 

Stonehenge— dating 
Liack beyond 2500 

Reflections by Still Waters 

A Sundt^ Afternoon in Dallas 

Charles W. Turner 


It is a very warm day in 
Dallas, but then all July after- 
noons are warnn in Dallas. It 
might even be called hot 
because the afternoon tem- 
perature is just at the 1 00 
degree level. It seems like a 
good idea to take one of those 
walking tours of the city that 
the brochure describes. They 
vary in length all the way from 
the one hour variety to the 
five hour, or all-day kind. The 
hour walk sounds better, so 
off I go. 

Just about five minutes 
from the hotel finds me on 
Elm Street. There are quite a 
few people up ahead because 
one of the first stops is in the 
area of Daeley Plaza and the 
historical spot where a presi- 
dent was killed. Most of the 
people in the plaza take a look 
up; and if they have children 
or their family with them, 
they point toward the spot on 
the sixth floor of the Texas 
School Book Depository 
where Lee Harvey Oswald is 
alleged to have fired the shot 
that killed the president of 
the United States, John F. 

The day was November 22, 
1963, almost twenty years ago. 
Like so many others, i recall 
the day and the place I heard 
the news. June and I had 
finished lunch and were pre- 
paring to leave our home. We 
had just moved into a new 
parsonage on Rittman Road 

and were planning to have an 
open house for the congre- 
gation that weekend. The 
regular programming was 
broken on the radio and the 
first release came forth of the 
shooting in Dallas. Dallas, 
that day was hundreds of 
miles away from me and 
millions of others. 

Today it is close because 
here on Elm Street small 
markers tell the story. Years 
have passed, but in this area 
the milling Sunday afternoon 
group of several hundred 
people talk in hushed tones; 
and as the cars go by, the 
people still look up toward the 
sixth floor window as if to see 
the figure of a man with a gun. 
He is not there and the cars 
rush by and head on down the 
slope of the hill and cross the 
very spot where another vehicle 
was years ago. Today the 
signs overhead tell you that 
you are entering Interstates 30 
and 35E. You slowly turn 
your back on history and feel 
the heat of the 1 00 degree 
Texas day. You again have 
had a brush with history and 
time cannot take away the 
emotion of having been in the 
geography of history. 

People can recall the day and 
the emotion of a number of 
events in their lives. Im- 
portant events tend to etch 
their marks deeply on all of 
us. Some of the days brought 
joy as the happening was be- 

yond our expectations, and 
some of the events were sad 
and they seem only like 
yesterday, though hundreds 
and even thousands of days 
have passed since that time. 
The death of a president 
having ended in tragedy is re- 
membered as is the death of a 
friend or loved one. The mind, 
like a computer, has grasped 
and stored in memory the 
details of the event. It is all 

A hot day in Dallas can 
bring back one such day, but a 
bright rising sun can bring 
back another. For each new 
day to the believer is a re- 
minder of the new life that 
came one day to each of us. 
The day of days was on a cold 
winter night in the month of 
January. The place was in 
Akron, Ohio, and a young 
teenager was struggling with 
the problem of eternity. A 
man was standing beside me— 
my father— and he gently said: 
"Is tonight the night?" My 
reply was "Yes." The walk to 
the front of the church did 
not save me, but yielding of 
my heart to God did save me. 
A few decades have passed, 
but I remember it all as if it 
were yesterday. 

Happenings, events, circum- 
stances all blend to make a life. 
Some bear the notes of sorrow, 
while others bear the memory 
of Christian victory. ■ 






Volume 44 Number 9 September 1982 

S^ The Brethren Missionary Herald 
(ISSN-0161-5238) is published 
monthly by the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, 1104 
Kings Highway, Winona Lake, IN 
46590. Subscription prices: $6.75 
per year; foreign, $8.50; special rates 
to churches. Second-class postage 
paid at Winona Lake, IN 46590. 
Printed by BMH Printing. POST- 
MASTER: Send address changes to 
Brethren IVIissionary Herald, P.O. 
Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

EXTRA COPIES of back issues 
are available. One copy, $1.75; two 
copies, $2.75; three to ten copies, 
$1.25 each; more than ten copies, 
$1.00 each. Please include your 
check with order. (Prices include 
postage charges.) 

NEWS ITEMS contained In each 
issue are presented for information, 
and do not indicate endorsement. 

MOVING? Send label on back 
cover and your new address. Please 
allow four weeks for the change to 
be made. 

chandise orders: 1-800-348-2756. 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 

Christian Education: 

Knute Larson 

Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 

Grace Brethren Men: 

Harold Hollinger 

Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Don Cramer 

Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 

Women's Missionary Council: 

Nora Macon 


4 The Battle the British Are Losing 

8 When the Action Stops 
11 A Missionary Mother's Prayer 
14 Latch on to Longview 

17 Is the Christian Life Worth It? 

18 Coincidence ... or God's Perfect Plan? 

23 Can They Get What You Think? 

24 A Great Way to See Europe 

28 The President's Report — Saying Thanks 

30 WMC Pen Pointers 

32 Broadening a Boy's Horizon 

34 Behind the Castle's Door 

35 Library Receives Donation of Rare Books 

36 Ministry Minded 

bmh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 

• Personalities in the Pew 12 • BMH News Report 22 • 

• Conference News Page 26 • 

repcrted in the herald 

35 YEARS AGO - 1947 

The Missionary Herald board of trustees 
voted to discontinue the practice of giving 
free subscriptions in return for gifts of 
$5.00 or more. . . . The Fellowship approved 
a full-time youth director for the Brethren 
Church. Rev. Ralph Colburn of Compton, 
California, filled the position. 

25 YEARS AGO - 1957 

Dr. Louis Talbot of Los Angeles Bible 
Institute was elected president of the 
Winona Lake Christian Assembly. . . . The 
following directors were elected to the 
Brethren Home Missions Council: John M. 
Aeby, Paul Dick, Jesse Hall, Chester McCall 
and F. B. Miller. 

5 YEARS AGO - 1977 

Pastor Randy Bowman was called to be 
the senior pastor of the East Side Grace 
Brethren Church of Columbus, Ohio. . . . 
Dedication of the first Grace Brethren 
Church In Alaska took place. Pastor Ed 
Jackson led the work in Kenal. 


Dear Sirs: 

The bar graph of the Herald Ministries 
which appeared on the back cover of the 
June 1982 Issue of the Brethren Missionary 
Herald exhibits exponential growth. The 
equation that best fits the data by using the 
"least squares" method is: 

Y = 3126- 1. 0982084 17X 
where Y is the growth In dollars and X Is 
the years elapsed since 1940. The correlation 
coefficient, 1 .000 being a "perfect" fit, is 

The growth doubles approximately every 
7.4 years which Is roughly equivalent to 
10.3% interest compounded continuously. 
If the growth continues at a constant rate, 
the Herald Ministries will pass $10 million in 
2001, $100 million in 2026, and $1 billion 
In 2050. Hopefully, Christ will return 
before then I— Cecil Erdly, Lakeland, Florida 

Thanks, Cecil. I'm not certain I under- 
stand all the formulas, but it looks good to 
me. I can hardly wait until 2050 to get to 
the billion dollar level. — CWT 

Cover photo by John W. Zielasko. 
^sBMH SEPTEMBER '82 0>^^=^ 

The Batik 

Canterbury Cathedral 

By John W. Zielasko 

On April 12, 1982, the Argentine military 
forces moved into the Falkland (Malvinas) 
Islands and overpowered the British garrison. 
England, outraged by this act of aggression, 
launched a military campaign that cost mil- 
lions of dollars a day to say nothing of the in- 
calculable cost of lives. A high price, indeed, 
for the piece of real estate of questionable 

The Foreign Board survey team was in 
Southampton shortly after the first British 
troops sailed from that port for the Falkland 
Islands. Although Margaret Thatcher's govern- 
ment was having a rough go of it due to the 
economic plight of the country, it was ob- 
vious that here was a cause that united the 
British. They were not about to suffer another 
humiliating defeat to their dwindling em- 
pire by permitting the rightest oppressive 
Argentina dictatorship to absorb United King- 
dom territory. They were determined to win 
that battle either through diplomacy or force 
of arms. 

That conflict is now over. For this we praise 
the Lord since that war placed our mission 
and missionaries in Argentina in jeopardy. 
However, even with a cease-fire in the Falkland 


the British are Losing 

Islands, we Christians need to remember that the British are en- 
gaged in another battle. 

England has been invaded by forces far more sinister than the 
Argentines. The tragedy is that most of the British are unaware or 
unconcerned about this formidable enemy who has landed and is 
conquering. I refer, of course, to the Anti-Christian forces that 
are causing the retreat of Christianity (Eph. 6:12) and will even- 
tually result in the demise of the Christian church unless an aggres- 
sive counter-attack is soon launched. 

Am I overstating the case? After all, these same forces are at 
work all over the world; why should England be singled out? 
Simply because we are talking about a country that played a sig- 
nificant role in the advance of the Gospel around the world. It is 
the land of the King James version of the Bible, the land of Carey, 
Morrison, Wesley, Livingstone, and Spurgeon, to name just a few. 

As recently as the year 1900, 85 percent of the citizens of Great 
Britain could be called practicing Christians. Today, only 6 per- 
cent are so identified. But the picture is even bleaker than this. 

We were informed that less than 10 percent of the British are 
church attenders, and the Anglicans are closing hundreds of 
churches a year due to the lack of interest on the part of parish- 
ioners. Even Spurgeon's great tabernacle in the heart of London 

(Continued on page 6) 


Christianity was once a 

major part of English culture. 

It has been rejected. 

where thousands once flocked to hear the 
Gospel now has a membership of less than 

Grace Brethren Foreign Missions wants to 
lend its support to strengthen the testimony 
for Christ in Great Britain. To that end, key 
evangelical Christian leaders were interviewed 
by our survey team. Everywhere we went, 
people were most helpful in sharing their 
opinions, insight, facts, and recom- 

When it came to the question as to where 
would be the best place to begin, almost 
unanimously we were directed toward Birm- 
ingham, an industrial city of over two million 
people in the midlands of England. 

The results of this preliminary survey will 
be studied by the missionary team assigned 
to England. This team will conduct a further 
indepth survey to determine the exact loca- 
tion in the city and the methods to be used in 
the strategy to evangelize and plant churches. 

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There are many positive factors which 
favor a succesful church planting venture in 
England. The following, however, are some 
obstacles that will need to be overcome: 

— Christianity was once a major part 
of English culture. It has been rejected, 
thus, the missionary must deal with a 
post-Christianity mentality. 

— Materialism is an obstacle in Eng- 
land, as it is in many other parts of the 

— There is a danger that the American 
missionary will not recognize or adjust 
to the cultural differences. If he assumes 
that the Englishman is just like the 
American because we speak the same 
language (well, almost the same), he is 
doomed to failure. 

— American methods, successful in 
the United States, may not be successful 
in England. However, an English Chris- 

tian did tell me that American methods 
should not be rejected just because they 
are American. He said, "How do we 
know they won't work? We have never 
tried them." At any rate, caution needs 
to be exercised. 

Evangelism and church planting will not be 
easy on the British Isles, but there is no 
reason why the spiritual battle for Britain 
should be lost. God still has many people in 
England who will respond to the faithful 
preaching of the Scriptures and become com- 
mitted followers of Jesus Christ. But we must 
be faithful in searching them out, discipling 
them and helping them to be committed 
members of His Church. 

The Phil Steeles and the Dave Kowalkes 
will begin their ministry in England this 
month. Join us in prayer as England becomes 
a part of Grace Brethren Foreign Missions' 
Europe strategy. ■ 

Dr. Whitcomb and Tom 
Jullen with English pastors 
and laymen, Southampton, 


Vfhen the Action Stops 

(or does it?) 

by Sharon Andersen 

We often hear from our foreign fields and 
read articles of current happenings within our 
missionary family. Yet, wondering what 
happens to a career missionary after retire- 
ment, I decided to tal<e a trip to see for 

Off to California! I listened to the rumble 
of the wheels on the asphalt and tensed in 
preparation for the imaginary take-off. "Think 
of traveling all over the U.S.A. to visit eight 
missionary homes," I reflected. How exciting! 

Moments later I mentally touched down at 
LA airport and hastened to Whittier, 

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California, to meet Dr. and Mrs. Keith Altig. 

These folks are former missionaries to Brazil. 
They had known me when I was just a little 
girl living on the mission field, too. 

In the few hours I spent at their home, I 
learned that Keith and Vivian are still very 
active in their local church (Whittier Grace 
Brethren). Dr. Altig feels that their activities 
are "much like those of a regular pastor in the 




He selects hymns for Sunday worship 
services, preaches twice a week and visits the 
sick members of the congregation. Vivian 
directs social activities for the Goldenheirs 
Club (a senior citizens' group) and plays piano 
for their Sunday school class. 

The Altigs' homelife is filled with the 
everyday occurrences that make a house a 
home. Besides regular church work, Keith 
enjoys gardening and woodwork. Vivian's 
favorite pastimes include working jigsaw and 
crossword puzzles and knitting. They are 
always busy doing somef/7//7fl'— even if it's just 

My visit to Whittier came to an end all too 
quickly and I soon found myself in El Paso, 
Texas, visiting the Paul Dowdys. Thought- 
travel is much more time- and cost-efficient 
than planes, believe me. 

Rev. Paul and Dortha Dowdy appreciate 
their retirement years because they are freed 
from the rigid schedule of daily work life. 
Both of them are privileged to be highly 
involved with the El Paso County Child 
Evangelism program. Dortha teaches a Good 
News Club, and the Dowdys also are on staff 
at the CEF summer missionary training camp. 

Daily life at the Dowdy residence is 
peaceful and relaxing. Paul is up with the sun 
to have his private devotions, water the plants 
and work in his workshop. A little later 

Dortha awakens and they share the day 
working around the house, shopping and 
listening to the radio. Dortha considers 
sewing or embroidering her "favorite 

I had such an enjoyable time with the 
Dowdys in El Paso that leaving was truly sad. 
However, since I was visiting the "hotlands" 
of America anyway, I decided that Florida 
shouldn't be left out of the picture either. 

Besides, the Hill Maconaghys had invited me 
to visit and I couldn't resist! 

The Maconaghys are dear people who spent 
many years serving God in Argentina. 
Although Hill teaches a Sunday school class 
and Dorothy participates in WMC activities, 
they would like to see more opportunities for 
service open to retired missionaries. They 
keep in contact with the Argentine field 
through prayer, giving and corresponding. 

Taking a walk is usually part of Hill and 
Dorothy's daiiy routine. If you don't find 
them entertaining or taking a siesta, they're 
probably reading or visiting friends from 
church. What a neat couple! 

Three stages of my "journey" has already 
passed, and I knew I must move on to finish 
in time. A trip to the hills of friendly 
Pennsylvania was next on the agenda. 

Kittanning, Pennsylvania, is the home of 
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Rev. and Mrs. Bob Williams Bob and Lenora 
are fun peopie. A ready sense of joyous 
humor pervades their church and home 

Bob informed me that he gets up by 6:30 
to prepare breakfast for his wife (hum . . . 
that's an interesting idea). They share a 
devotional time, study for teaching Sunday 
school or a Good News Club, take walks and 
generally enjoy life. 

Enjoying doesn't always mean cleaning 
house, smiles Lenora. "Housework often just 
gets a lick and a promise, and we don't always 
keep the promise!" 

The Williams seem to be very busy people. 
Their time at home is always accented by 
visitation and being in charge of the midweek 
prayer meeting. Living in Africa helped them 
prepare for being economical here plus giving 
firsthand insight into missionaries' needs. 

Leaving the Williams' home was hard, but 
my husband was probably getting weary of 
waiting for dinner, so I hastened on my way 
to Ohio to visit the Jake Klievers and Marie 

My visit began with a quick stop at the 
home of Jake and Freda Kliever in Middle- 
branch, Ohio. These dear retired missionaries 
to Africa say: "We are just as interested 
in the work of the field where we serve now 
as we were when we were on the field in 
Africa." Their prayers are surely a spark in the 
spiritual fire which has begun to spread across 
our churches in that country. 

The Kliever home operates on a very 
flexible schedule. Their activities depend on 
who stops in and what is happening at church 
that evening. Jake claims his favorite hobbies 
are still his books, radio and stereo. Freda 
loves to read and says, "time never hangs on 
my hands." 

If you're in the Middlebranch area, stop in 
and see the Klievers. I know they will 
welcome you royally! 

Next issue I 'II tell about my visits with 
Marie Mishler and two other retired 
missionaries. It's been an exciting trip so far, 
and I can hardly wait to share the rest with 
you! ■ 

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Missionary Moiher^s 

by June Immel 

/t's not always easy being a missionary mother. In 
central A fries, the children go away to school, some- 
times in a different country. Even though it's for the 
best and the children receive a good education, it's 
difficult for a mother (and a father) to part with her 

Jurje Immel wrote this prayer when she was in the 
States on furlough and was thinking about her fam- 
ily's return to Africa. June gives us an intimate peek 
at her conversation with God. 

Dear God, 

Tears flow down my cheeks today as I talk 
to you. God, I don't want August 16 to ever 
come. That's the day all three of my children 
leave for Karawa to go to school. I find my- 
self secretly wishing something would happen 
so we couldn't return to Africa, that we 
would have to remain here and live and have 
our children with us. 

But, God, I know that's not Your will. To 
remain here outside Your will would mean 
disaster to Howard and me and the children. 
True peace and happiness comes from being 
in the center of Your will. 

But the tears flow. It's not easy, God, to 

do Your will sometimes, but You never 
promised it would always be easy. 

However, God, You did promise to care for 
us and the children. You love us and I praise 
You for that. You've promised to be with us 
even to the ends of the world. I'm thankful 
that includes Africa. 

Oh, God, be with Lisa. She's a beautiful 
young lady, full of life, watching and waiting 
to use her servant talents for You. God, help 
her, bless her, guide her as she develops daily 
into a young lady. Protect her from the evil 
one. Shield her mind and body and soul from 
Satan. Bring her to a place of full surrender 
to You and Your will, but please, God, do it 

And Kirk, dear Father, he's such a dear. 
He's becoming such a man, delighted with 
Your creation. Oh, God, I'm concerned 
mostly for him. Please, Father, don't let the 
bigger boys harass him. But God, please make 
him aware of the fact that he must back off at 
times. He can pester so much! God, remind 
him gently to control his temper through the 
power of the Holy Spirit. Please, God, help 
him to remember little incidental responsibili- 
ties, like doing homework and cleaning his 
room. He loves to have fun and splash in the 
creek, ride cycles, and play soccer. 

And Karl, Karl Babe, I'm sure, God, he 
cringes everytime he hears that nickname. 
But God, You know it's been Pete the Peanut 
Girl for Lisa, Kirkus Birkus Lurkus Dirkus for 
Kirk, and Karl Babe for Karl. These are our 
three children, God. Oh, Father, Karl is such a 
tease, but he is conscious of the Holy Spirit in 
his life. It's going to be hard for him to be 
away from Mom and Dad. Please God, give 
peace and comfort to him. 

Give good roommates to all three children, 
ones that they can relate to well. Give Kirk 
and Karl big brothers that will accept them as 
they are, men to whom they can go to when 
there's a problem, a need to talk, or a desire 
for advice and encouragement. 

Father, help Howard and me when we are 
at M'Baiki alone. Give us understanding of 
each other and fulfill our emotional needs. 

God, August 16 will not be an easy day. 
However, I know You will be with us and 
with our children. Thank You, and I praise 
You for the grace, peace, and love You are 
going to give all of us that day. 

In Jesus' name. 
Amen ■ 



Left to right: Terri, Tana, John and Vicki Mansur 

Tragedy Results 
in 20 Decisions 
for Christ 

(BMH Editor's Note: Two vibrant Christian young 
people. Tana IViansur and tier fiance, Bill Curtis, were 
running across tiighway A 1A in Florida one evening, 
en route to her home to tell her parents the happy 
news that they had decided to get married. Out of the 
mist and darkness, a car struck Tana. She suffered 
massive head injuries, never regained consciousness, 
and died several hours later in the hospital. This 
article details the events that followed, and shares 
with the reader the urgent burden to witness for 
Christ that the Mansur family now carries.) 

by Lt. Col. John W. Mansur 

Nearly 21 years ago, God entrusted my wife, 
Vicki, and me with a treasure to keep for Him. A very 
precious treasure that God loved so very much. We 
tried to be good stewards with God's treasure. When 
He came to take it back, it was even more lovely, 
even more precious, than when we had received it. 
When I stop for a moment and reflect, I realize that it 
is an awesome responsibility to be entrusted with 
God's treasure. But, somehow, we never dream of 
Him coming to take it back. He trusts us to nurture 
this beautiful treasure, to love, to train, to bring up to 
be as beautiful as it would have been had He kept it 
in His holy presence. It is so easy to say to ourselves, 
'There is plenty of time to take care of God's treas- 
ure later. I can spend time with God's treasure later." 

Time . . . such a difficult thing to understand. It 
seems sometimes as if there is so much of it that it 
will never pass, yet, in the next instant, it has some- 
how slipped away. Now, I cherish the memory of 
every moment I spent with the treasure God shared 
with us. 

God's treasure? Of course, I am speaking of our 
children. A truly God-given, incredibly lovely, yet 
awesome responsibility. Nearly two years ago God, 


in His infinite love and wisdom, was pleased to call 
into His presence our precious 19-year-old daughter. 
Tana. I want, now, to share with you how God has 
loved us, comforted us, and used this time to bring 
people to a knowledge of Him, and thus into eternal 

God has promised that He will never leave us nor 
forsake us. I had experienced the joy of that promise 
before, when I was flying combat missions in South- 
east Asia. My family was 10,000 miles away, and I 
never knew if I would see them again in this life. Yet, 
I was never alone: He was always there, always com- 
forting me. 

I thought I knew the depths of his love. However, 
for the past months He has been such a comforter, 
such a source of strength that I have trouble putting 
it into words. The night Tana went home, Vicki, our 
other treasure— Terri, and I were all in our bedroom. 
Vicki and I were in our bed, and Terri on the floor on 
a cushion we had brought in from the living room. 
We were totally overwhelmed with grief, pain, and 
confusion— trying somehow to make our minds under- 
stand. I was trying to pray, but somehow could not. I 
couldn't get my mind to focus because the pain was 
so great. I could feel the bed shaking— from my sobs 
or Vicki's— I couldn't tell which. Then Vicki whis- 
pered, "Going over and over through my mind is the 
song, 'He's alive. He's alive, all my sins have been for- 
given, heaven's gates are open wide." She's alive! Sud- 
denly, I had something on which to hold. God knew I 
needed something to cling to— a life jacket for my 
mind, and He gave it to me in that sharing moment. 
I finally fell asleep for about an hour at 6 a.m., but all 
through those dark hours, that refrain, that beautiful 
thought, went through my mind: "She's alive, she's 
alive, all her sins have been forgiven, she's alive!" 
Praise God! 

Memories, precious memories. 

Tana knew and loved the Lord, and actively shared 
that love with others. I rejoice in the fact that I don't 
know of anyone whose life touched hers who was not 
lifted by the encounter. She so much wanted things 
to be perfect and was so hurt and disappointed when 
she or someone else would fall short, especially if it 
were she. Off and on for two or three days after God 
called Tana home, Vicki and I had been talking about 
Tana's vulnerability to being hurt, and how she had 
never really seemed at home in this world. It some- 
how seemed both important and pertinent. Then we 
received a note from a young woman named Lani, 
whose sister had worked with Tana. Lani had met 
Terri, Tana and me on a church youth outing. She 
had known Tana only very briefly, yet God gave her 
such a beautiful message to send us with such insight 
into Tana. She said, "I think God knows which of His 
flowers are so fragile that the world would crush 
them and He takes them home to keep them safe." 
He is so faithful. Just when the pain gets so bad you 
cannot bear it, just as He promised. He sends His 

Several days after Tana's homegoing, we were cry- 
ing together again, when as clear as a bell, in my mind 
came the words of 2 Peter 3:8: "A day with the Lord 
is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as a 
day"— followed by the thought that our whole family 
is walking through a door into heaven. Tana stepped 
through first, and the rest of the family is but a twin- 
kling of an eye behind her. "I will send you a Com- 
forter!" Praise God for His Faithfulness. 

Memories! Thank You, God, for memories. 

When Tana was 12, she made friends with a girl 
named Valerie. I did not approve of Valerie. She used 
bad language, and just was not well behaved. She was 
not the kind of kid I wanted for my kids' playmates. 
So I called Tana in and told her I wanted her to stop 
hanging around with Val. She heard me out, then 
said, "But, Dad, if I don't play with Val, she won't 
have any Christian friends at all." I couldn't argue 
with that logic. I saw Val as a bad influence on Tana. 
Tana saw Val as a girl who needed a Christian friend. 
A few weeks later, Val accepted Christ. A few weeks 
after that her sister, Loreli, accepted Christ. What 
beautiful Christians girls they are. 

During her time with us, Tana was used by God to 
win others to Him, and to give us young people to 
love. Tana played a very large part in winning many 
of the teens in the youth group we worked with to 
the Lord. She did this through her prayers, encourage- 
ment, cajoling them into coming to meetings, witness- 
ing and testimony. And in return, in our hour of 
need, they were there. After the accident, at the hos- 
pital 20 teenagers were there praying, hugging us, 
crying with us. For the next few days in our fog of 
grief, there were always teens there. For whatever was 
needed: to help us remember to eat, to talk about 
Tana with us, to hug us, to go to the store, to smile, 
and to cry. We needed and God's kids supplied. 
Tana's young fiance of one week went with me to 
the funeral home to choose a casket. 

What a faithful God. He knew we needed the 
strength and love of those kids. Before we could even 
ask. He provided. 

I have learned that there is no room in my faith 
for the question "Why?" As I was letting Satan slip 
that question into my mind, I remembered (thank 
you. Lord) that so far over 20 people that I know of 
have accepted the Lord as a result of Tana's going 
home. At the memorial service in Florida, over 400 
people attended. A great many of these were unsaved 
people who work with me, neighbors, and so forth. 
Everyone there heard the Gospel presented clearly, 
lovingly, urgently. At the graveside service in Colo- 
rado, over 100 heard the same urgent message. We 
know that many of those folks, relatives and friends, 
didn't know the Lord. As we filled out thank-you 
notes for nearly 200 sympathy cards, each received a 
handwritten testimony for Christ. A week later, I was 
asked to speak at a gospel crusade in an auditorium in 
Melbourne, Florida, and had a chance to witness to 

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by Dr. John W. Mayes, Pastor 
Grace Brethren Church, Longview, Texas 

On a rise in the rolling hills of East Texas, 
where a traveler could see for miles, settlers 
made their homes and named their new town 
Longview. The first Grace Brethren Church 
in the whole state is located here in this fertik 
green, wooded country not far from the 
Louisiana border. Travelers from the West 
Coast are surprised to learn that when they 
get to El Paso, they are just halfway to 

The church developed from a Bible class in 
the late sixties. Dr. Raymond E. Gingrich an 
Dr. Paul R. Bauman, administrative staff 
members of nearby LeTourneau College 
shared in the ministry duties of the new 
church, which met in the family room of the 
Gingrichs. When Professor Ralph Gilbert j 
joined the faculty of the college, he too \ 
became involved in helping the Brethren in 
this prosperous city, which is the second = 
fastest growing community in the state j 
of Texas. I 

V\/ith the help and encouragement of the ' 
Brethren Home Missions Council, land was 
purchased in the developing north section of 
the city. During the pastoral ministry of Rev 
Alan Jones, and with the help of a concerned 
local businessman, the church later sold the 
original plot and purchased a new four-acre 
site with a fine used church building. This 
whole property, including an auditorium 
seating 125 with six Sunday school rooms, w 
secured for less than $80,000. This was God' 
doing and things began to move forward with 

Pastor Jones moved on to another 
ministry and after some months without a 
pastor. Dr. John W. Mayes became fascinated 




th the prospects which Longview offered, 
s years as a member of the board of 
ectors for Home Missions and the 
)ular reports of potential in Longview 
Iped build that interest. After Dr. 
ul Bauman urged him to consider 
ingview seriously during the national 
nference in August of 1981, his 
)ve to the field became a reality, 
ispite numerous difficulties with 
)ard to the sale of property in 
littler, the Mayes family is now 
tied in Longview. 
Pastor Mayes felt the nucleus 
people in Longview congre- 
:ion needed to become more 
lart of each other's lives. It 
3 principle of church plant- 
I that folks involved in a 
\N church need time and activity 
become a part of the whole. They need 
'ing and caring, opportunities to minister 
each other's needs. 

Then there were needs in the building. The 
ptistry leaked badly and no new members 
d been received into the church for some 
ie since they could not be baptized. Now, 
lew fiberglass bapistry has been installed as 
rt of a full remodeling program of the plat- 
m. Hymnbooks, communion equipment, 
i/v cushions, a sound system, a new sign, 
terior lights, and a steeple were placed on 
i "needed" list. Brethren across the 
Jntry rallied. From Cypress, Long Beach, 
irwalk and Whittier, California; Columbus, 
io; Sunnyside, Washington; and the 
jrches of the Iowa-Midlands District came 
ts from caring people. These extensive 
)jects and the labor involved have been 
Tied by the local people. Where project 




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were not equal to 
full costs, the church has 
responded and cared for on a pay- 
as-you-go basis. And it has been a time of 
blessing and growth. 

Becoming known in the community is a 
high priority and a difficult task. Hardly 
anyone in Longview has heard of the Grace 
Brethren Church. One man asked, "Are you 
more like the Jehovah's Witnesses or the 
Seventh Day Adventists?" In this city, they 
smile approvingly when we say we are more 
like the Baptists! Everyone here seems to be 
or has been a Baptist! 

Why a Grace Brethren church in Longview? 

Several reasons can be set forth to answer 

this question. 

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First, Longview is strategic to the state of 
Texas. From here, we desire to see churches, 
hopefully five, from Dallas to Shreveport, 
Louisiana. We have Brethren people also to 
the north in Atlanta, Texas, and the northeast 
in El Dorado, Arkansas. We trust the Lord to 
use Longview as a base for these new works. 

Second, we have the most potential in 
Longview. With Grace Brethren faculty, staff, 
students at LeTourneau College, we have a 
means to become known here and a point of 
contact for growth. About 25 students are 
active in the church during the school year 
and a number of these are of Brethren back- 

Third, Longview is a stable city of 70,000 
population. This is thought by many to be 
the ideal size city for a new Brethren church 
to begin, especially when Brethren are 
virtually unknown. We have a good local 
paper, some local radio stations, and an 
economy more stable than most in this 
country, especially in these times. Dr. Lew 
Grubb, former home missions executive 
secretary, urged Brethren to migrate for 
Christ. As the Longview pastor and people, 

we would love to help Brethren do that to our 

Fourth, and perhaps most important, 
Longview is part of the Saviour's instruction 
in the Great Commission. And, it's a pleasant 
and happy place to make disciples as an added 
blessing from the good hand of the Lord. 

What more do we need? Like all home 
mission churches, we need your prayers. 
Nothing can take the place of you who pray. 
Then your gifts to the BHMC are still support- 
ing this work until we can become "self- 
supporting," in the future. 

We, as do all home mission churches, need 
your help in projects. DVBS, SMM, WMC, 
Sunday school classes, and so forth, can all 
have part in such provision. The BHMC office 
or any local home mission church would be 
glad to receive your inquiry. 

It takes time to build. We do not know 
how long we have before Jesus returns, but 
until He comes, we anticipate that the Grace 
Brethren Church of Longview will continue to 
grow and become a vibrant testimony to His 
faithfulness. ■ 

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BIF Deposits 
Better Than 

Zero net worth - that is a state 222 savings and loans across the coun- 
try could find themselves in this year. Those thrift institutions, with assets of $57 
billion, could run out of capital unless interest rates begin to decline, according to an article in the 
Wall Street Journal. 

With such bleak news in the world of secular banking, it must be worse for Christian organizations, 

Not so, says Walter Fretz, financial secretary of the Brethren Investment Foundation. Customer 

deposits have continued at $11.2 million and have not dropped as has been the national trend. With 

your continued active participation in the BIF we can continue to serve both new and established 

Grace Brethren Churches across America. 

Invest in church growth. BIF Box 587 

Invest in the Brethren Investment Foundation. Winona Uke, IN 





of the 

Is the Christian Life 
Worth It? 

by Chip Heim, Pastor 
Grace Brethren Church, Lima, Ohio 

Doctors report that when an in- 
dividual is gravely ill with death ap- 
proaching, he or she will give up the 
fight for life when it appears the 
battle is lost. A similar thing can 
happen to an individual suffering 
from grief after the death of a loved 
one. The pain and emotional stress 
are so great that the person gives up 
the fight of readjusting and becomes 
locked in grief. 

What can happen to an individual 
physically and emotionally, namely, 
giving up the fight, can also happen 
to a person spiritually. One hassle 
after another, spiritual fatigue, the 
feeling of burnout, and suddenly 
we wonder, "Is the Christian life 
worth it? Why go through the 
fight? Why not just give up?" The 
writer of Hebrews in chapter 12, 
verses 1-3, deals with the tempta- 
tion to give up the fight; to quit the 
race. His concern was that his read- 
ers (Christians living in Rome) ". . . 
not grow weary and lose heart" (v. 
3). It was tough living for Christ in 
the first century, just as it is today. 
Not only would a first century 
Christian lose friends and job op- 
portunities because of Christ, he 
could hope to earn no more than 
$750 during his lifetime. Just like 
today, money was hard to come by. 
Aware of the temptation to ask, 
"Why not just quit?" the writer of 
Hebrews (vv. 1-2) gives us two 
reasons why we should not quit 
the race. 

The first reason, found in verse 
1, is that we are not alone in the 
race; others have run the same race 
we are in. They are referred to as a 

". . . great cloud of witnesses . . . ." 
These witnesses, though, have done 
more than just run the race before 
us. They surround us and are now 
cheering us on ... by their lives and 
testimonies ... to finish the race. 

Every year I have the privilege of 
watching what I feel is the greatest 
college football team in America — 
the Ohio State Buckeyes. It is 
simply thrilling to be one of 88,000 
fans (short of fanatics) cheering for 
the Scarlet and Gray. The same is 
true for us as God's people. IVlillions 
of believers cheer us on. Some are as 
far removed from us as Abraham, 
while others just went to be with 
the Lord. Yet, they are all rooting 
us on to finish the race. With a tre- 
mendous shout, they cheer, "Yes, 
the Christian life is worth it! Don't 

However, if that reason was all 
that a person needed to stay in the 
race, the writer would have stopped 
there. But he understood that when 
you are running a race and your 
muscles tighten, your lungs begin to 
ache, and your head pounds, it is 
not enough to know that others 
have also run the race. The writer 
knew when you reach the breaking 
point, something more is needed. 
And so, in verse 2, he gives us a 
second reason why we should not 
quit, namely, the race can be won 
and get this! you win simply by 
finishing. You do not win by finish- 
ing in a certain position or place. 
You win by finishing, per/oc/. 

"But," you ask, "what will get 
me across that finish line when I am 
ready to drop a hundred yards 
away?" You fix your eyes on Jesus. 
You look at Him ". . . who for the 
joy that was set before him endured 

the cross . . ." (v. 2). The physical 
and emotional suffering of the cross 
meant incredible pain. At any mo- 
ment Jesus could have said, "I've 
had enough! It is not worth it!" 
But He did not because the joy that 
was set before Him. You see, each 
time Satan would tempt Jesus, 
"Why not just quit?" He would 
look down through history, see you 
and me and think, "It is worth it." 

In 1957 the old Brooklyn 
Dodgers had an infield prospect 
with a "can't miss" label named 
Don Zimmer. On two occasions 
(1953 and 1956) Zimmer was al- 
most killed by pitched balls. Both 
times he was hospitalized and, for 
awhile, in critical condition. He 
battled back, though, and by 1957 
was still a brilliant third baseman. 
During a spring exhibition game 
that year, a fast ball jetted straight 
for Zimmer's head. He fell to the 
ground motionless. Those at the 
game thought he was dead. Finally, 
he jumped up, dusted off his pants 
and reentered the batter's box 
(amazingly, the ball missed him). 
On the very next pitch he blasted a 
home run. I am sure that while 
Zimmer was lying motionless he 
thought, "Why punish yourself! 
You could walk away from all this 
and achieve success in some other 
field." And you know, if he had, no 
one would have blamed him. But, 
he would have missed the thrill of 
hitting that home run. 

Right now you might be asking 
yourself, "Is the Christian life really 
worth it?" No one could stop you 
if you decided to quit the race. But 
you will miss the thrill of God mak- 
ing your life a miracle! ■ 




Coincidence . . . 

or Gods Perfect Plan? 

Janet looks over the life- 
saving kidney machine with 
John Snow, her pastor at 
the Irasburg, Vermont, Grace 
Brethren Church. She used 
the machine several times a 
week prior to her kidney 


if v" 


4 fiii m 









During the four-hour procedure, 
Janet would often read her Bible. 

by Janet Chadburn Lawson 

In 1966 when I was 15, I developed a 
strep throat which led to a chronic kidney dis- 
ease called membranous nephropathy. 

Many different medicines were used to 

counteract the disease, but to no avail. Losing 
the use of my kidneys, I started hemodialysis 
treatments in 1978. Three times a week I 
traveled 70 miles to the Vermont Medical 
Center in Burlington, a lifetime routine unless 
I received a kidney transplant. My doctors 




had advised against a transplant, however, be- 
cause of many other medical problems. 

The Lord used my dialysis by allowing me 
to share with others that "I can do all things 
through Christ who strengtheneth me" (Phil. 

In the fall of 1979, I learned that federal 
funding had become available for home dialy- 
sis, and by mid-1980 I was dialyzing at my 
parents' home, with my mother's help. What a 
blessing to drive five miles to their home in- 
stead of 70! 

I continued dialyzing at home for a year 
and a half. Because my kidneys were no 
longer producing red blood cells, I received 
transfusions every three weeks. If at any time 
my body had rejected the new blood because 
of foreign antibodies, I could have died. I was 
to learn later, though, that these many trans- 
fusions were also a part of God's plan. 

In the summer of 1981, I started hemor- 
rhaging and losing blood faster than more 
could be transfused into me. The average red 
blood count is around 40. Mine was now 10! 
Oxygen kept me breathing, and I truly be- 
lieve it was the faithful prayers of many that 
kept me alive at this time. 

By September, I was admitted to the hos- 
pital. After radiation treatments and more 
transfusions, the hemorrhaging stopped, en- 
abling me to go back home. 

Once there, I had a restlessness that had 
also occurred before starting home dialysis. I 
knew another change was to come into my 
( A new dialysis, called peritoneal, had just 

been instituted. This would allow me to work 
more than 20 hours a week and would free 
my mother from having to help. And the op- 
tion of a transplant continued to surface. My 
sister, Marian, and I had been tested for a 
transplant once before, but we found our 
blood was not compatible. New medical ad- 
vances had been made, so we decided to try 
the tests again. 

I began to worry about what / should be 
doing, when a Scripture verse came to mind, 
"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and 
lean not unto thine own understanding. In ail 
thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall 
direct thy paths" (Prov. 3:5-6). 

I called for the elders of the church to pray 
over me, anointing me with oil, according to 
James 5:14-15. 

For the past year, I had allowed sins of 

worry and selfishness to hinder my com- 
munion with Him. As I confessed these and 
other sins to Him, a new desire to put Him 
first again sprang forth in my heart. 

God didn't stop with a spiritual healing, 
however. On January 3, 1982, a call came 
through to my parents' home. The message 
said: "We have a kidney for Janet." Mom and 
Dad rushed to my apartment and gave my son 
and me the good news. "Is this it. Lord?" I 
prayed. "I'm scared, but please work it out, if 
it's Your will." That started a miracle that 
was going to be a tool God would use to 
touch many people's lives. 

Feeling that God had directed me to accept 
His healing, I told the doctor I would accept 
the kidney. The fact that I had a bad cold 
that was dangerously close to pneumonia, 
could have stopped me. 

I called my family and Christian friends to 
pray about the transplant. The news spread 
like wildfire, and soon people from Maine to 
Florida were praying. 

At the hospital, I was immediately dialyzed 
to remove any poisons from my system. Four 
hours later, the transplant was complete and 
the new kidney was working beautifully! It 
was a special gift on the first Sunday of the 
New Year! 

The next day when the doctor came into 
my room, he said: "Janet, for a cadaver (non- 
related) kidney, it was a perfect match!" 

God gives nothing but the best. 

Through my illness, and now through the 
miracle of the transplant, God has given me 
many opportunities to share His precious love 
with others. This truly has turned my suffer- 
ing into great blessings of joy. "And we know 
that all things work together for good to them 
that love God, to them who are called accord- 
ing to His purpose" (Rom. 8:28). ■ 

(Home Missions Editor's Note: Janet Cfiad- 
burn Lawson is a member of the Irasburg, 
Vermont, Grace Brethren Church. She and 
her son, George— 12 and a 6th grader at Grace 
Christian School, now reside with her parents. 
(The Irasburg GBC has been a home mission 
point since 1978 and anticipates going self- 
supporting in early 1983.) 


Brethren Honn 
Reaching M 







Your prayer and financial support is urgently need 

lissions Is Committed to 
h America for Christ 

I I states with Grace Brethren Churches 

I I States awaiting a Grace Brethren Church 

^^ New Churches in 1 982 

^ Potential Churches in 1 982-'83 




Hawaii & the lower '48' 



D The Pastor and His Work, a book by the late Dr. 
Homer A. Kent, Sr., has been reprinted in paperback 
by BMH Books. It is priced at S8.95 and you may ob- 
tain one from the Herald Bookstore, P.O. Box 544, 
Winona Lake, IN 46590. (Please include $1.05 for 
postage and handling— total cost, $10.) Or, you may 
phone your order toll-free-1 -800-348-2756. 

DA twenty-fifth wedding anniversary celebration 
was held for Pastor and Mrs. Richard Cornwell of the 
West Kittanning Grace Brethren Church in Kittan- 
ning, PA, on July 4. Children of the couple— Melody 
and Mark Cornwell and future son-in-law, John 
Hooks, arranged the wedding ceremony. Pastor 
Robert Burns of the North Buffalo Grace Brethren 
Church officiated at the ceremony as the Cornwells 
renewed their vows. A reception was held after the 
ceremony and many gifts were presented to the 

n The Grace Brethren Church at Lake Odessa, Ml, 
honored Pastor Bill and Shirley Stevens with an open 
house for their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary on 
June 6. The church family presented them with a 

memory quilt 
with all the 
church families' 
names stitched on 
it. Many gifts 
were received 

along with a 
money tree. 
Pastor Stevens 
has pastored this 
congregation for 
the past seven 
years. Mrs. David 

D If you know of anyone living in the Ada-Bluffton 
area of Ohio, please contact Rev. Marion Thomas 
who has just moved to the community and is in- 
terested in starting a Grace Brethren church there. 
He can be reached at 608 Lausanne Ave., Swiss 
Estates, Bluffton, OH 45817. The Northcentral 
Ohio District and the Lima Grace Brethren Church, 
pastored by Chip Helm, are working with Mr. 

D In the July issue of the Herald a name was omitted 
from the list of graduates from Grace College. Her 
name is Diann McDairmant who received a B.S. in 
elementary education. She is a member of the Bethel 
Brethren Church, Berne, IN. Larry Edwards, pastor. 

D Rev. Gary 
Austin was 
ordained to 
the Christian 
ministry on 
May 23 at 
the Com- 
Grace Breth- 
ren Church, 

Warsaw, IN. Those participating in the ordination 
service were, left to right: Pastor David Plaster, Rev. 
Edward Bowman, Dr. E. William Male, Pastor Joseph 
Ndomali, and Rev. Robert Cover. Rev. Jack Zielasko 
led in prayer. Gary and his wife, Jean, were also com- 
missioned by the church as they left for renewed ser- 
vice in the Central African Republic. 

Change ycur annual 

Daryl Baker to 38188 Wildwood Canyon Rd., 
Yucaipa, CA 92399 / Richard Battis to R. 1, Box 
596, Elizabethtown, PA 17022 / Christian Becker to 
1200 S.W. 52nd Ave., No. 1-103, North Lauderdale, 
FL 33068 / Robert Belohlavek to B.P. 240, Bangui, 
Central African Republic / Robert Bolton to Second 
Ave., Ware, MA 01082 / Steve Bradley to 6442 
Cerulean, Garden Grove, CA 92645 / CDR. G. James 
Dickson, CHC, to Chaplain's Office, Naval Communi- 
cation Ctr., Philippines, FPO, San Francisco, CA 
96656 / Al Edgington to 1200 College Ave., Winona 
Lake, IN 46590 / Steve Figley to c/o 2810 Summit 
Dr., Sebring, FL 33870 / David Harrison to 24464 
Copper Cliff Ct., El Toro, CA 92630 / Stephen 
Miller to 241 1 Pinebluff, Dallas, TX 75228 / Robert 
Moeller's new phone number is 814/749-8758 / 
Richard Placeway to 13626 84th, S.E., Alto, Ml 49302 
/ Dan Ramsey to 3825 Orion Rd., N.W., North 
Canton, OH 44720 / Dean Robbins to 101 Slateford 
Dr., Union, OH 45322 / Ron Smals to 2051 Chapel- 
wood Dr., Apt. 302, Virginia Beach, VA 23454 / 
Larry Smithwick to SRA Box 2336, Anchorage, AK 
99507 / Philip Steele to 71 Willow Glen, N.E., 
Atlanta, GA 30342 / Scott Weaver, 30887 Red Bud 
Lane, Elkhart, IN 46517 / The name and address of 
the new Grace Brethren Church in Stockton is the 
Inland Grace Brethren Church, c/o Rev. Mitch Forster, 
P.O. Box 7895, Stockton, CA 95207 / /Another 
change of address for the Grace Brethren Church in 
Troutdale, OR, is 27938 S.E. Stark St., Troutdale, 
OR 97060. 


hoping to help 

GDC Christian 

Box 365, Winona Lake, IN 46590 Tel. 219/267-6622 

Can They Get What You Think? 

"I would love to tell you what I think of Jesus. . . ." 

But the boys In the back row are so very distracting. 

And this room is rather chilly, mind you. 

And besides, my words aren't especially coming right. I 
stayed up so late last night. 

The extra conditions — physical and social and emotional 
— in a classroom aren't all that extra. They just may be what 
determine whether the spiritual and Scriptural precepts get 
across. We easily neglect worrying about how the chairs are 
arranged, or what the researchers say about careful discipline 
or the side issues of preparation that an athlete would take 
care about, but not a Sunday school teacher or youth sponsor 
or speaker. 

The good ones or the growing ones do take care of the 

It is often the difference between better and best, or average 
and good. 

Until Jesus comes, I suppose, there will always be boys in 
the back row. (Probably after He comes too!) But if I can't keep 
the class in order and get some of them involved in the lesson, 
one of us has got to go. There may be many variations of 
discipline, but there is no variance of need. 

As for the chilly classroom, or the cold, straight arrange- 
ment of the chairs, or the drab-basement grey walls, or the 
poor lighting, or the noise conditions — these I can do 

something about, and soon. With paint brush in hand and 
some parents or students sharing in the privilege, we can pro- 
vide the necessities. 

Then there's always the matter of getting to bed. One an- 
cient Chinese proverb has it, "If Sunday were just treated as 
sacred as a Monday school day in terms of preparation or con- 
sistent attendance, more would learn lots." 

Or something like that. 

It's a crime of teacher neglect for a child or a grown one to 
be allowed a six-hour sleep to prepare for worship if eight or 
nine is needed for a decent day at work or school. If Sunday is 
to have meaning, and really is the celebration of the greatest 
event in history, then it must be clothed with a little more digni- 
ty than our world of make-believe-it-doesn't matter is 
celebrating it. 

One of three meals, or one of three Sundays at church, ruins 
regular diet. A coach knows that emotional and psychological 
preparation for a game are as important as the physical or 
mechanical. If you try to sit as far away from the television as 
you can, you are either saying you don't want to watch the pro- 
gram really, or you don't like the featured ones. 

Mostly we need to talk about the Gospel, the message we 
share and live. 

But in some cases, there are needs that need met before we 
can better tell what we think of Jesus. ■ 


Our Smiles Are Turned on 
by Gratitude 

We are grateful to our Lord for managing our ministries by His Spirit, producing good 

We are grateful to you for good and growing support through financial gifts, prayers, 
involvement, and encouragement. 

We are grateful to the hundreds of people who have been involved in our programs to help 
this last conference year. Hundreds of quality people have brought heart and excellence to our 
seminars, consulting, publications, Barnabas and Nehemiah and Timothy Teams, the first 
Euro-Missions Institute, and board of directors. Thousands have been involved in the carrying 
out in the churches. 

We are grateful for the staff additions and ministries that begin now in September. Ed Lewis 
has to be the world's best in national youth direction, and we are glad to share part of his time 
with our close comrades. Brethren Foreign Missions. Ed's burden to see people involved 

(Continued on page 25) 



Grateful for our most exciting summer of TIME programs ! 

A Great Way to See Europe 

Students at EMI 

by Knute Larson 

First EMI Bible Teacher 

EMI is done. 

It was good, so very good. 

Euro-Missions Institute, con- 
ceived in the mind of 24-years 
missions veteran Tom Julien and 
dedicated to the proposition that 
the needs in Europe need better 
exposure, was carried out by the 
GBC Christian Education TIME 

PROGRAM. It brought 27 young 
adults to Europe tor the hard work 
of investigation. 

Missions in embryo, in a sense, 
in their lives. 

The first students in EMI came 
for seven weeks of looking, study, 
brief internship with missionaries, 
and evaluation, beginning at our 
missions center. The Chateau de St. 
Albain in France. They began to 
see Europe as the Lord must. 

1982 Agenda 

May 31, June 1— Fly to Brussels; train to Macon; ride to the Chateau. 

June 2-16-Classes on the church. Great Commission, missionary principles, and practical 

missions matters-Pastor Larson and European Coordinator Tom Julien and the 

missions staff were teachers. 
June 17-July 6— In the homes of our European missionaries to serve and observe. 
July 7-12-Back to the Chateau for personal evaluation, prayers and to plan preparation 


July 13 on-Back to U.S. for some, to French study in a Lyon's university for four, and to 
pray for God's direction about missions. 

Applications are available for the 1983 EMI from GBC Christian Education, Box 
365, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. You must be committed to missions and 
leaning toward Europe and ready to take on a burden! 

They were quality, if you ask 
me. Qualifications included beini 
committed to missions and leanin 
toward Europe. So some mighty 
fine people were turned down. 
Mighty fine! 

I was impressed. Very favorab 

/We've got to do this every ye 
EMI brought greater spirit to grea 
spirited people! 

/ You feel missions once you 
have been there. I've seen all the 
slides, of course, and prayed, and 
given. But now the need is in my 

/We have a great staff in Eurof 
They are good hearts, and have 
their heads on straight, and carry 
their church theology well. They 
are led well, by Monsieur Julien. 

/The need is huge. Gigantic. 
So many are untouched by the 
Gospel. Let's go! 

/The missionaries want more 
help from us— especially prayers 
and more people. Money doesn't 
hurt either. 

/ The importance of the local 
church in missions came out again 
Good Christian education will 
always include a lot about taking 
the Gospel, "going"- the first pari 
of the trilogy commission in 
Matthew 28:19-20. Perhaps the 
best each of us can do is pray and 
see and get missions as a part of th 
daily at church, not sometning 
relegated to annual missions con- 
ferences or morning teas or WMC 
projects alone! 

Comments from EMI-ers: 

* "It far surpassed anything we 

anticipated .... it's been a rich 

experience for all of us." 

■♦ "Destinies have been shaped 

. . . difficult decisions have been 

made . . . not a single person left 

unaffected by what took place in 

those weeks." 

ou know our executive director 
as well as the 
at EMI. 

• "One thing that has been very 
)ful to me has been the 
ortunity to spend time with the 
opean missions staff .... They 
ingly answered our questions 

"We have literally been im- 
sed in the daily activities of 
s-cultural church planting." 

"The full expression of the 
ificance of EMI will only be 

in the lives of us participants 
e seek to be faithful to the 
sions we have made before the 

Dear Church 

Lay hands suddenly on 
10 one . . . but lay hands! 
/Vho should you commls- 
iion for 1983 Euro- 
Missions Institute? 

It Is the hope of CE, 
}ur European missionaries, 
ind BFMS that churches 
will help pick singles and 
tuples for this quality 
irogram. The fervor that 
:omes from this exposure 
s great, and will be shared 
<vith the home church 
ipon return! 

Who should go? 

i/lany will be coming back. 
ie are sure already and others 
iding what to do with this new 
edient in their blood. 
\nd annual Euro-Mission 
itutes will follow this pilot 
]ram in quality and mood, 
ning the eyes of more good 
EMI has begun! ■ 

Brad Skiles 
Joins CE 

Brad Skiles, well known to many 
for his writing abilities, joins the 
directors of GBC Christian Educa- 
tion in early September to help 
continue the aggressive CE ministries 
to churches, their leaders and 

Executive Director Knute Larson 
and Associate Director Ed Lewis 
made the staff announcement with 
great delight. "Brad's abilities are 
matched by his great heart for 
church ministries," Pastor Larson 
said. "We've been in touch the last 
few years discussing Grace Brethren 
Church visions and goals, and I al- 
ways hoped we could work to- 

Brad, who Is a Grace grad with a 
business major, will manage all 
financial and business areas at CE, 
write and edit, and help communi- 
cate ministries and needs. He will 
supervise daily operations in the 
office and serve on the directors' 
council with Larson, Lewis, and 
SMM Director Judy Fairman. 

He served as Sunday school 
superintendent at our Sidney, 
Indiana, GBC and worked very 
closely with pastors as public re- 
lations director for Brethren Home 
Missions, 1979 through 1981. He 
and his wife, Patricia, have been 
active in his home church, Big Val- 
ley Grace Community in Modesto, 

California, since early 1982. 

Kevin Hugglns, assistant director 
at CE since 1980, will now be full- 
time chaplain at Grace College 
while continuing to be director of 
Timothy Teams for GBC Christian 
Education. The growing demands 
of counseling and Christian service 
ministries at Grace brought this 
greater emphasis. 

Ed Lewis will continue as direc- 
tor of youth ministries at CE while 
taking on the position of director 
of personnel at Brethren Foreign 
Missions— "a natural tie," according 
to the joint announcement from 
CE's board chairman John Wlllett 
and FMS general director John 
Zielasko. Ed has connections with 
many prospective missionaries 
through CE's TIME programs, 
youth conferences, and Barnabas 
teams. ■ 

(Continued from page 23) 

there has always been evident. By adding administrative duties to Denlse 
Harkness' office (she's a great assistant) and adding Brad Skiles to be chief 
of dally administration, we expect to lose nothing of Ed's visionary 
executive leadership in youth ministries that are admired by larger 

Brad Skiles is the kind of man who made breakfast appointments with 
guest speakers while he was In college so he could know their heartbeat 
and learn ministry. Now he will help us sponsor breakfasts and share 
answers! We expect the tie to be a real strength you will notice. 

We know Kevin was doing such a tremendous job as chaplain at Grace 
College, and smiled and frowned when it seemed best to allow that to be 
his full-time call. Our connections will stay close, and he will still direct 
one of our most exciting ventures, the "Timothy Teams." 

I will continue as presiding staff member while still pastoring the hearty 
church in Ashland, Ohio, that is also behind my own smile. 

We are grateful. 
Thank you! 

«=::4=4^uX±3a r4>.QASO'r-^ 

Report from the 93rd National Con&rence 

The warm desert air of Rancho Mirage, California, was the setting of the 
Annual Conference of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. It was held 
July 31 through August 6, and Pastor Luke Kauffman of Myerstown, Pa. was 
moderator of the sessions. 

A total of 671 delegates representing the Fellowship were seated at the 
opening session. A total of 10 new churches were received into the FGBC. They 

were: Qp^ce Brethren Fellowship - La Mirada, Calif. 
Calvary Grace Brethren Church - Dayton, Ohio. 
Tiadaghton Valley Grace Brethren Church - Jersey Shore, Pa. 
Morrill Grace Brethren Church - Morrill, Kans. 
Newport Grace Brethren Church - Newport, Vmt. 
Maranatha Grace Brethren Church - Mansfield, Ohio. 
Inland Grace Brethren Church - Stockton, Calif. 
Orrville Grace Brethren Church - Orrville, Ohio. 
Frederick Grace Brethren Church - Frederick, Md. 
Rossmoor Grace Brethren Church - Rossmoor, Calif. 

Cape Coral, Fla. Grace Brethren Church has been deleted. 

The statistical report revealed an increase in membership to 42,023 as of 
December 31, 1981. The increase amounted to 2.8%, or 1,162 members. A total of 
271 churches submitted statistical reports, and 13 churches did not report any 

The moderator for the coming year will be Homer A. Kent, Jr. and assisting 
him as vice moderator will be Edwin Cashman. 

The Fellowship of Grace Brethren Ministers selected Jerry Young of 
Lititz, Pa., to serve as president for the coming year. The National 
Fellowship of Grace Brethren Men re-elected Harold Hollinger to serve as 
president. Mrs. Miriam Pacheco was also re-elected president of the Women's 
Missionary Council. 

The conference voted a continuation of the two-year study of the Brethren 

Thursday of the conference week, a dedication of new missionaries took 
place and at the service an offering of more than $20,000 for their support was 
received. This offering was one of the largest ever received at a conference 
session. All missionaries have now been released for language study. 

Youth Conference first place quiz team winner was the West Penn District. 
Second place winner was the Northeastern Ohio District. 

Next year's conference will be held at Winona Lake, Indiana, and the dates 
will be July 30 - August 5. The 1985 conference will be held August 10-17 at 
Estes Park, Colorado. The 1988 conference will return to Rancho Mirage, 




— Women Manifesting ehrist^ — 

Women's Missionary Council of the Grace Brethren Church Box 711, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

ABOVE ALL, love each other deeply, 
because love covers over a multitude of sins 
1 Peter 4,8 NIV 



t^rs- Dan (Miriam) Pacheco, 413 Kings Highway, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 (TeL 219/267-7603) 

Rrst Vice President 

Mrs. Robert (Althea) Miller, 5772 Karen Avenue, 
Cypress, California 90630 (TeL 714/995-6140) 

Second Vice President 

Mrs. James (Triceine) Custer, 2515 Carriage Lane, 
Powell, Ohio 43065 (Tel. 614/881-5779) 


Mrs. Fred (Margie) Devan, Jr., 2507 Vancouver 
Drive, N.W., Roanoke, Virginia 24012 (Tel. 

Assistant Secretary 

Mrs. Richard (Virginia) Sellers, 1313 S. Styer, 
Kokomo, Indiana 46902 (Tel. 317/452-4835) 

Rnancial Secretary-Treasurer 

Miss Joyce Ashman, 602 Chestnut Avenue, 
Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 (Tel, 219/267-7588) 

Assistant Financial Secretary-Treasurer 

Mrs. Thomas (Donna) Miller, Route No. 8, Box 277, 
Warsaw, Indiana 46580 (Tel. 219/267-2533) 

Literature Secretary 

Mrs Ralph (Betty) Hall, Route No. 8, Box 297, War- 
saw, Indiana 46580 (Tel. 219/267-3634) 


Miss Nora Macon, P.O. Box 588, Winona Lake, In- 
diana 46590 (Tel. 219/267-5161) 

Prayer Chairman 

Mrs. John (Sally) Neely, 121 S. Walnut Street, Troy, 
Ohio 45373 (Tel, 513/335-5188) 

Mssionary mriMays 


(If no address is listed, the address will be found in the August/ 
September ECHOESJ 


Jeffrey Robinson November 5, 1970 


Mrs. Cleo Johnson November 20 


Mrs. Jean Austin November 8 

Rev. Donald Miller November 13 

Mrs. Nelly Kammler November 16 

Rev. Bob Belohlavek November 24 

Mrs. Ruth Vnasdale November 29 

Rev. Howard Immei November 30 


Marc DeArmey November 8, 1973 

Rev. Tex Hudson November 14 

Luc DeArmey November 17, 1974 

David DeArmey November 24, 1979 


Thomas Pappas . 


Peter Scfiroclc . . 

November 14, 1979 

November 6, 1974 


Rev. Edward Miller November 11 

Mrs. Freda Kliever November 12 

Rev. Hill Maconaghy November 25 

Rev. Peter Peer November 29 

Benjamin Graham November 30, 1975 



Goal $8,500 

to go toward the leasing of the 

land at the Navajo Mission 

Due December 10, 1982 




The PresidenVs Report 

Saying Thanks 

by Miriam Pacheco 

National WMC President 

If I could write the word THAN KS large 
enough to convey what I feel in nny heart, it 
would reach from Alaska to Florida and from 
Hawaii to Virginia. There are many folks who 
have made this week, and this year, possible. 
You are an important part of that group. 
Thank you for your prayers and encourage- 

A bright spot in any day is when I get a 
letter saying, "Our council is praying for you," 
or a personal word from friends expressing 
their support. 

There is no way I can let you know with 
words what that means. It is the energy to 
write one more letter; the sudden thought of 
a solution for a problem; the grace to answer 
softly; the wisdom to make another decision— 
these are the results of your prayers for us. 
Every woman who has served as a WMC 
officer realizes this power and we thank you 
for your faithfulness. 

Leading WMC is a total effort, beginning 
with my family, who has made a great con- 
tribution throughout the year. It takes 
backing and cooperation of everyone to 
carry on the responsibilities. 

In the past four years, I cannot remember 
my husband complaining about meetings, 
travel, or a task that was mine. (Although he 
has cast a few frowning glances at the high- 

piled desk.) Our precious gifts from God— ' 
Danny, Maria, and David, have also done their 
part to help, as have my parents, sister, other 
family members and friends. The word 
Thanks seems so inadequate, but without 
your support the task would have seemed 
much larger. 

This past year, we studied how special we 
are to God and what wonderful ways He 
wants to use the talents He has given us. 

Some special ladies have served on commit- 
tees and they deserve our appreciation. The 
Devotional Program Committee spent many 
hours working to make the year's theme 
practical and helpful. We who lead WMC 
appreciate those who let us know, honestly, 
how the program packet is working for you 
and your group. Some felt this past year's 
theme was terrific— it helped them so much. 
Others felt it was not exactly what they could 
use, so they supplemented some materials. 

Cultural differences, repeating an already 
studied theme, or other reason, may make 
parts of a program unsuitable in your council. 
That's why the packet is a pattern you fit to 
your needs. We are happy that the committee 
has prepared material that is responding to 
the needs of women in our Fellowship. But, 
your expression of these needs is necessary 
for us to plan. We are grateful for those who, 
finding it necessary to supplement, do it with 

The 1982 Conference Program Committee 
has planned an exciting week for us in getting 
to know many of our missionaries and the 
precious souls that God has brought to himself 
through their ministries. Thanks to the ladies 
on this committee and to all participants in 
our sessions for your labors of love. 

The Nominating Committee and Conference 
Pen Pointers Committee have spent many 
hours making sure the ballot is complete and 
the recommendations made to individual 
women, councils and districts will be 
practical and honoring to our Lord. The Cre- 
dential Committee and our ushers perform a 
great service here at conference to make sure 
all is done decently and in order. Thanks to 
all of you for helping in these areas. 

The Missionary Residence Committee is a 
group of ladies who have worked hard this 
year— cleaning, moving, shopping, arranging, 
guiding tours. But what a joy! The encour- 
agement you WMC ladies have given our 
missionaries by your part in the new residence 


cannot be described, although we have tried 
to express it through notes in the Brethren 
Missionary l-lerald. I thinl<thebestwayyou 
will get the full thrust is to see it and to talk 
with one of the missionaries who has had the 
privilege of "settling in" for awhile. Thank 
you again for your part in this project, and a 
special thanks to the ladies of this committee 
for your hours of work to make it a home and 
a peaceful retreat for our missionaries. 

You are to be commended for your faithful 
giving. Each national project was well 
supplied with funds, and the additional urgent 
need for the printing of OTN materials was 
met in a marvelous way. All of this added to 
the district projects and local efforts give 
evidence of what God can accomplish through 
willing hearts and hands. 

Continue in your support of the SIVIM pro- 
gram. There will be no measure here on earth 
of what this ministry means in the lives of 
girls. Only in eternity will we know what 
battles have been won and what goals accom- 
plished. But the Lord, in His wisdom and 
grace, does allow us to see changed lives and 
ignited enthusiasm for dedication to the Lord. 
SMM is a Grace Brethren ministry for the 
total girl. Our part must not be neglected. 

Praying for and encouraging your Brethren 
Student Life Volunteer (BSLV) is another 
ministry that is vital. These young people are 
training for full-time ministries. They need to 
be backed up with continual prayer so they 
may keep the single purpose fresh in their 
minds and hearts. 

As you have prayed, supported and given 
to each project this year, I hope that you have 
felt God's leading hand. Projects, whether 
local, district or national, are chosen with 
much more in mind than to keep us busy. 
The unity that comes in working together is 
important. The satisfaction in helping others 
is an encouragement to all of us. But 
knowing that God's message to the world is 
given an added thrust, knowing His servants in 
specialized ministries are being helped, is an 
indescribable thrill! Nothing compares to the 
experience of being part of God's work. 

Joe Bayly told the conference last year, 
"When we ivorA-, WE work. Whenwepra/, 
GOD works." No matter how many hours are 
put in, or how much money is given, if it is 
not backed by prayer, it is human effort and 
will reap human results. ■ 

(Continued next issue.) 

— Draw names for secret pals, then ex- 
change inexpensive gifts and cards. The 
expense can be limited by setting an amount 
which can be spent. But often an uplifting 
article or a favorite poem can have more 
meaning than a purchased item. In order to 
keep the expense down, items can be left at 
a certain location, for example, a box on the 
piano or in the church office, rather than 
mailing them. 

— Make the ladies who do not attend 
WMC feel welcome by making a special 
effort to invite them personally. Follow the 
first invitation with a phone call the day of 
the meeting and an offer of transportation. 

— The ladies of the Simi Valley, Cali- 
fornia, WMC combined learning a new craft 
with raising money for missions last year. 
Beginning in September, they met in homes 
to learn to make Christmas gifts and orna- 
ments, magnet dolls, napkin holders and 
other skills, such as crocheting. The items 
made during the sessions were donated to 
the Crafts' Boutique in November, along 
with other items donated by church mem- 
bers. More than Si ,000 was raised in the 

Already this year, they have begun a 
similar project. Since April, two meetings 
a month are being held to teach women how 
to make items for this year's boutique. The 
goal is $1,200, with a majo. portion going 
for, appropriately enough, a new sewing 
machine for Claudia Schrock, missionary 
to Puerto Rico. ■ 




Conference Pen Pointers 


1 . Read and study the Bible regularly. 

2. Be a faithful prayer warrior. 

(See Pen Pointer, "Women Manifesting Christ") 

3. Active in Evangelism. 

(See Pen Pointer, "Women Manifesting Christ") 

4. Encourage increased interest in SMM or aid In the 
establishment of SMM in your local church. 

5. Give regularly to WMC — time, talent, and money as ttie Lord 
leads and prospers. 

(See Pen Pointer, "Worl<ing in My Church") 

6. Support regular family devotions. 

(See Pen Pointer, "What is WMC?") 
Use of Daily Devotions is suggested. 


1 . Honor tfiose reading the entire Bible within a year. 

2. Recognize the SMM at a District WMC Program. 
Encourage girls' participation in Little Princess and Giri of the Year 

3. Use BRETHREN talent when available and support Brethren works. 

4. Send District Newspaper to National President, National 
Editor, and District Editors. 

5. Sponsor at least one project, said project to be cleared 
through the National First Vice President, Althea Miller, to 
avoid duplication. The project may be kept within the 
district, but the National First Vice President should be ad- 
vised for completion of her report. 

6. Send all district offerings for National Brethren works to the 
National WMC Financial Secretary-Treasurer, Joyce 

7. Contribute an annual freewill offering, to be used as the 
committee in charge sees the need, toward furnishing and 
repair of the Brethren Foreign Missionary Residence at Winona 
Lake, Indiana. Send to the National WMC Financial 
Secretary-Treasurer, Joyce Ashman. 

8. Pay the District President's expenses to National Con- 

9. Give financial assistance, so that the District SMM 
Patroness may attend National Conference, and/or the Na- 
tional Seminar for District Patronesses. 

10. Contribute annually to the National Operation and Publica- 
tion Expenses. Send to the National WMC Financial 
Secretary-Treasurer, Joyce Ashman by January 30. 


1. Observe a special time of prayer on the 15th day of each 

(See Pen Pointer, "How To" and "Through the Years") 

2. Emphasize prayer for BSLV members, for district youth who 
made decisions for full time Christian service. 

3. Support district rallies and projects. 

4. Contribute to Major Offerings: 

(Please send all money to the National WMC Financial 

Secretary, Joyce Ashman, using the proper offering slip 

from the Treasurer's sheet in the Program Packet. MAKE 



a . September, October, November 

HOME MISSIONS — Goal $8,500.00 toward the leasing of 
the land at the Navajo Mission. 
Send before December 10th. 

b . December, January, February 

GRACE SCHOOLS — Goal $8,000.00 toward furnishing the 
office of the biblical counseling department. 
Send before March 1 0th. 

c . March April, May 

FOREIGN MISSIONS — Goal $10,000.00 continuing the 
new missionary residence fund. 
Send before June 10th. 

d . June, July, August 



Send before September 10th. 

Send anytime before June 1 0th. We suggest a mini- 
mum of $1 .50 a year per member. 


(SMM Girl-of-the-year Scholarship and sponsorship of 
Director of SfvlM.) We suggest a minimum of $1.50 a 
year per member. 
Send before April 30th. Goal $7,000.00 

g . BIRTHDAY OFFERING to be received during the year 
toward the support of the WMC BIRTHDAY MIS- 
SIONARIES honoring years of sendee. Send before June 
10th. We suggest a minimum goal of $1 .50 a year per 

1. Miss Rosella Cochran — C. A. R. 

2. Miss Diana Davis — C.A.R. 

3. Mrs. Don (Betty) Hocking — C.A.R. 

4. Mrs. Tex (Betsy) Hudson — France 

5. Mrs. Ralph (Carolyn) Robinson — Argentina 

5. Encourage the reading of the following books, which may be 
purchased from the Brethren Missionary Herald Company, 
Box 544, Winona Lake, Indiana 46590. 

a . "Captured" by Carolyn Paine Miller (Christian Herald 

Books); $3.95. 
b . "Michelle" by Carolyn E. Phillips (Regal Books); $2.50. 
c . "A Woman For All Seasons" by Jeanne Hendricks 

(Thomas Nelson, Inc.); $4.95. 

6. USE BRETHREN talent when available and SUPPORT BRETHREN 
WORKS. SUPPORT SMM. (See Pen Pointer "Working in My 
Church. ") 

7. Aid in expenses, if possible, of local president or represen- 


tative to attend each district meeting and National WMC 

8. Elect offlcen by June 1 to assume their duties in September. 
The National and District Annual Reports compiled by the 
retiring local president must be in the hands of the district 
president by June 15, 1983, and shall include all reports 
from July 1, 1982 through June 30, 1983. Seating of 
delegates at national conference is permissible only if an- 
nual report is returned. 

9. Keep membership cards current. (See Pen Pointer, "How 
To"). The membership chairman is responsible for giving 
her card to any member transfering to another council, and 
see that a new member receives and signs a membership 
card vi^hen she joins the local council. (These cards are 
available from the National Literature Secretary Betty Hall.) 

10. Read and use Pen Pointers. (These and other WMC 
LITERATURE SECRETARY, Betty Hall, Box 711, Winona 
Lake, IN 46590. See order blanl< enclosed in program 

Pen Pointers available: 

Officer Set: Hov^^ To In WMC 

Pattern for WMC 

Ways and Means 

Member Set: What is WMC 

Women Manifesting Christ 
Working In My Church 
Beyond Our Borders 
Home Frontiers 

What Is WMC? — Pocket Size 
How To Begin a WMC 

(Continued from page 13) 

God's faithfulness in time of pain to nearly 1,000 
people. Suddenly, I have a chance to witness nearly 
every day to His faithfulness. So, how many people 
will spend eternity with God because He called our 
precious Tana home? Only He knows. But I know 
that Tana will celebrate with these folks in heaven, 
and so will we. 

Thank you, God, for your love and comfort. 

I called home from work and when Vicki answered 
I could tell she was crying. I asked, "Are you OK?" 
She answered, "Yes, I am going through Tana's 
purse." I said, "Oh, Baby, you don't have to do that 
alone, wait till I get home." She said, "You don't un- 
derstand. When I began, I felt terrible, but I found a 
little notebook of Scripture she had written down 
and it is helping me so much." 

Before we even know we need help. He answers. 
What a great God! 

I have a real burden on my heart to share some- 
thing else, also. Hebrews 9:27 says, "It is appointed 
unto man once to die," talking about physical death. 
Tana actually looked forward to the Lord's return. 
Revelation 22:20: "Even so, come. Lord Jesus" was 
one of her favorite verses. And I know that He made 
a special trip for her. But so many people in this 
world are not ready for this appointment. We make 

the mistake of thinking we have plenty of time. 
"When I get older, I will accept the Lord." 

Tana was nineteen. 

If you have friends you want to share with, "when 
the time seems right," let me remind you of 1 Co- 
rinthians 7:9, "The time is short." 

God has been such a tremendous comfort to us. 
Because Vicki, Terri, Tana and I know the Lord; we 
know we will see Tana again. I don't know how we 
could have coped otherwise. People say, "You're so 
strong." Not at all. God has given us His strength and 
comfort, knowing that Tana was one of His. Some of 
you may have unsaved children. One of the saddest, 
most confused statements I have heard is, "I believe 
in letting them grow up and make their own deci- 
sion. You can't force them into religion, you know." 
True, but Proverbs says, "Train up a child in the way 
he should go . . . ." If any of you are waiting for the 
right time, "here in a year or so," to talk to your 
children about the Lord, remember, "Time is short." 

Tana was only nineteen. 

There is an urgency in our world I have never seen 
before. Tana believed, and I agree, that Christ is com- 
ing back soon. But whether it is when He returns in 
the clouds or when the time is appointed, time is a 
commodity, a resource, we do not control. We don't 
have a time gauge like a gas gauge to tell us how much 
is left. We can't drive until it is almost empty, then do 
something about it. 

The time to accept Christ is now, if you never have 
before, or if you are not sure. Don't let your pride get 
in the way. Don't let the fact that maybe everyone 
else thinks you are already a Christian keep you from 
accepting Him. 

Don't hold back. 

The time to share Christ with those around us — 
family, friends, the people God loves— is now. Don't 
wait. Don't let pride get in the way. Pray about it! Be 
courageous— not ashamed. Often we say, "It didn't 
seem like the right time" when we really mean "I 
hadn't prayed about it and didn't have my act to- 
gether," or "I was afraid" or "I was ashamed." Or, 
maybe most frequently, "My life and actions have 
been such a bad witness that I was ashamed to try to 
share Christ." 

The time is short. Invest that time. Like the talents 
of the parable, God doesn't want us to hold greedily 
onto the time He has given us. He wants us to invest 
it. The only thing different about tomorrow is that 
today is gone. 

Tana was only nineteen when God's angels carried 
her home. I thank God that we don't have to cry for 
Tana— she is in glory. But I have so many friends, rela- 
tives and acquaintances that I will cry for if Christ 
comes today. And so many of them I haven't found 
time to share with. 

So I ask you to help me— find time to share Christ 
with my world. ■ 


District Outpost Camp 

Broadening a Boy's Horizon 

by Mike Ostrander, Director 
Grace Brethren Boys 

"Take them where they've never been. 
Show them what they've never seen. Have 
them attempt what they've never tried be- 
fore." Although that may be a little bit 
strong, it pretty well describes the basic pur- 
pose of a Grace Brethren Boys District Out- 
post Camp. 

Many of our boys today tend to lead a very 
sheltered and sterile existence. They are in a 
rut, doing the same old routine things day 
after day. Because of this lack of stimulation, 
their horizons squeeze in on them and their 
sphere of experience becomes extremely 
limited. What Grace Brethren Boys is seeking 
to do through the District Outpost Camp is 

Above: How long is it going to take to get these eggs done? 

A faithful man . . . teaching others also. 

provide a carefully controlled situation that 
will challenge the boy to reach out, learn new 
skills, encounter new experiences, and de- 
velop a stronger faith in himself and his own 
abilities to perform under pressure. 

One of the best ways we have found to 
broaden a boy's horizon is to take him out of 
his familiar and secure surroundings and place 
him in an environment that is totally foreign 
to him. That doesn't necessarily mean travel- 
ing to some far off, exotic land. For most of 
the boys, just getting them out in the woods 
on a camping trip is foreign enough. 

Sleeping outdoors on the cold hard ground 
in a tent is about as foreign an experience as 
many boys care for. The fabric of the tent is 
so flimsy, and those night noises are so 
strange and scary sounding. If only the leader 
hadn't told those last few stories about the 
ghost of some Indian warrior still roaming 
through these woods. 

Finally morning arrives and the boys are 
ready for breakfast. But they quickly find 
that it's not as simple as pouring their bowl of 
corn flakes. First they have to get the fire 
started. Many boys find this to be a real chal- 
lenge, especially if someone forgot to cover 
the wood and it rained all night. Mixing the 
pancake batter is no real problem, nor is pour- 
ing it in the pan. But the boy quickly be- 
comes aware that he is an alien in a foreign 
world when he first attempts to flip that pan- 
cake over. That tiny, little pan sure requires a 
good aim and steady nerves. Many of the boys 
give up and settle for scrambled pancakes. 
Some boys also learn what constitutes a burnt 

The cross-cut saw was a new experience for many boys. 



Grace Brethren Boys 

Upper left: Outpost Camp always provides 

the opportunity for boys to spend in the Word, alone or in 

small groups. 

Below: Crossing the chasm. 

Above: Pure enjoyment! 

offering. Having to intermingle with boys 
they have never met before, and especially 
being put in a situation demanding close co- 
operation between the boys, is a new experi- 
ence for many of them. At a District Outpost 
Camp, the boys will frequently be taken out 
of their own units and regrouped randomly 
for some activity such as an obstacle course or 
skill mill. Vy/ithin the confines of this new 
group, the boys will have to develop the lead- 
ership, strategy, and trust in one another that 
will be necessary to solve the problems and 
challenges that they will be confronting. 

Perhaps they will be faced with a deep 
chasm which they must all cross. All they 
have is a long, sturdy rope, some trees on 
either side of the chasm, and their own in- 
genuity. As a group they must work together 
to solve the problem, then implement that 
solution, helping one another in the process. 
Who will step forward and exercise the re- 
quired leadership? Will the others have 
enough faith in his leadership to follow? Will 
they have enough confidence in one another's 
abilities to climb out on that rope? Or even 
more basic, will they have the assurance in 
their own ability to hang on all the way 
across? You see, while they are learning about 
others, they are also confirming their own 
abilities to respond to pressure. 

Another new experience we seek to have 
the boys encounter in a District Outpost 
Camp is the opportunity to get to know godly 
men other than their own unit leaders. So 
many boys have the idea that Christianity 
is primarily for women and little kids. There- 
fore, we want them to get to know as inti- 
mately as possible all the Christian men to 
whom they can be exposed. We want them 
to see how these men are unashamed of their 
Saviour, and unafraid to take a stand for what 
they believe. We seek to have the boys go 
home knowing that they can be real men and 
Christians at the same time. The two are not 

This summer we have had the privilege of 
ministering to nearly five hundred men and 
boys in the various districts. During that time 
we have seen better than twenty boys and one 
man come to know Christ as Saviour. Several 
other boys have made personal commitments 
also. District Outpost Camp is just one more 
way in which Grace Brethren Boys assists the 
men of the local church as they minister to 
the total needs of their boys. ■ 

Congratulations, you made it through the weekend! 



^ National Fellowship of Grace Brethren Men, Inc. ^^^ 

M^ "Faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" 2 Timothy 2:2. 

by Rev. Mick Rockafellow, pasfOA 

Grace Brethren Church 
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania 

Sometimes making assumptions can 
be a very dangerous thing to do. Per- 
haps you can think of a recent event in 
which you had made an assumption, 
only to realize too late that you 
shouldn't have made it. For purposes 
of this article, an assumption has been 
made, and that is— that most of the 
men reading this article are fathers. 

Being a father is a very special privi- 
lege. Few roles in life will allow such 
intimate and personal input into the 
lives of others. 

As fathers/men we realize that our 
families rank very high on God's list of 
priorities for us. Our wives and chil- 
dren become primary concerns after 
our own personal relationship to Jesus 
Christ. How sad it is that many fathers 
have missed this in their families! 

In this article I would like to address 
some issues that normally take place 
behind the castle's door— your home. 
It is hoped that these four areas will be 
stimulating to you as a father, and will 
be food for thought and meditation. 

The first area has to do with your 
own personal relationship to Jesus 
Christ, and then to hitch-hike on that; 
the personal relationship of those 
within your family to Jesus. If you are 
a professing Christian and are in fel- 
lowship with Christ, praise the Lord! 
Now for a personal extension: Do you 
know if your children all know the 
Lord as their personal Saviour? Re- 
cently a godly mother shared with me 
that her husband seemed to care little 
about the spiritual condition of the 
family. If this is shared by our wives, 
it is to our shame! 

How many times. Dad, have you 
shared with your family the circum- 
stances of your personal salvation ex- 
perience? Do they know that this is 
important to you? The Bible says, 
"Let the redeemed of the Lord say so." 

The second area involves the verses 
from Galatians 5:22-23. Do you enjoy 
a spirit-filled family living environ- 

ment? There is a great difference be- 
tween a "Christian home" and a 
"spirit-filled Christian home." 

Our adults recently studied the 
"fruit of the spirit" in Vacation 
Bible School. During this time it be- 
came clear, what qualities and 
characteristics should prevail in 
our lives and homes: love, joy, peace, 
long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, 
faith, meekness, and self-control. 
Christian kids have a way of letting 
pastors know how it really is, and 
often we discover that the fruit of the 
spirit is missing in many homes. 

Recently I counseled a wife with 
three children, and a husband who was 
about to leave for another woman. In 
tears and with great emotion we 
walked through Ephesians 5:18—6:4. 
God blessed this wife-mother and by 





her love and submission won back her 
husband. God honored His Word in 
the godly qualities this lady was ex- 
hibiting. What sounds and actions are 
really taking place behind those castle 

The third area has to do with the 
example we set as the leader of the 
family. Some things in the Christian 
life are better caught than taught. So 
we must be mindful of what is "catch- 

A sobering thought for me is— if my 
boys will be like me in 15 or 20 years, 
will I be pleased with what they will 
be? I realize that it will be based on 
what-l-do, not on what-l-say that will 

Men, would it be beyond our 
ability to purpose now to live godly, 
consistent lives not only before the 
church, the boys in GBB, those at 
work; but also behind those castle 

The fourth area touches upon a 
very important aspect of parenting- 
discipline. This may well be one of the 
most difficult areas in which to func- 
tion, and yet we must face it. 

Suzanna Wesley, mother of seven- 
teen, once said: "The child that does 
not learn to obey his parents in the 
home, will not obey God or man out 
of the home." 

Dad, always keep discipline within 
the boundaries of love. You may well 
be called upon to use the rod, but al- 
ways in love. Your kids will love you, 
for love's sake if you practice this. 
May God give you wisdom to practice 
loving discipline behind your castle's 

I am working in the four areas just 
described to yoii. The job isn't always 
easy, but that won't change my goal of 
seeking to be a godly father and loving 
leader in my home. In the final analysis 
I am sure that what takes place behind 
my castle's door, will be of extreme 
importance when I stand before the 
Lord and give an account of my Chris- 
tian Fathering. May God help all of us 
to do and be the very best we can with 
His divine help. ■ 



Dr. Myron Yeager, left, and Prof. Robert I bach, Jr., director of the Morgan 
Library, look over some of the rare books donated to the Grace Library. More 
than 500 volumes were donated and 67 of the books have been designated for 
the Rare Book Room. 

Library Receives Donation of Rare Books 

Professor Robert Ibach, Jr., director of the 
Morgan Library, announces a gift of over five 
hundred volumes fronn a private collection to 
Grace College. Donated in memory of Mrs. 
Bessie Ray Liddell Schuchard, the books are 
the gift of Dr. Robert Liddell Lowe, professor 
emeritus, Purdue University. 

Dr. Myron Yeager, professor of English at 
Grace, who helped arrange for the gift, 
studied under Dr. Lowe at Purdue. "This 
superb collection is a major addition to the 
literary resources of Morgan Library," said 
Yeager. "Students for many years to come 
will be enriched by these works." 

The collection of books and periodicals 
concentrates on the areas of nineteenth- and 
twentieth-century British and American 
poetry, fiction, and criticism. Sixty-seven of 
the books have been designated for the Rare 
Book Room, many of them presentation 
copies signed by such noted poets as Matthew 
Arnold, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Frank 
Tuohy, Caroline Gordon, and May Swenson. 
Other signed volumes include scholarly works 

by such critics as Ralph Rader and Robert H. 
Super. Dr. Lowe's gift includes first editions 
of Matthew Arnold, Robert Browning, 
Charles Swinburne, T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, 
and others. Approximately 500 other books 
and periodicals will be shelved in the college's 
general collection. 

Dr. Lowe has presented the books to the 
library in the memory of his mother, Mrs. 
Bessie Ray Liddell Schuchard, because of her 
dedication to education and because of Dr. 
Lowe's desire to make valuable resource 
materials available to students on a Christian 
college campus. 

Dr. Lowe is a noted poet and critic, now 
retired from Purdue University. His pioneer 
studies on Robert Browning established 
premises now accepted as standard in Brown- 
ing scholarship, and his poetry has been 
published in such periodicals as The Yale 
Review, The Nation, Poetry and The London 
Observer. His poem "All Foxes" has been set 
to music by Herbert Elwell and is considered 
a major contemporary art song. ■ 




Ministry Minded 

by Vance Christie 

What makes Christians tick? 
What compels obedient Christians 
to do the things they do? 

After all, obedient Christians do 
some pretty strange things at times. 
Consider, for instance, what four 
students from Grace College and 
Grace Theological Seminary did 
this past summer. 

Ed Miller, Scott Dennull, Greg 
Froese and Tim Moomaw, all mem- 
bers of Grace Brethren churches, 
are typical college and seminary 
tuition-paying students— in need 
of adequate summer income so as 
to continue their education. So 
why in the world did they build 
a chapel as a ministry in Brazil this 
past summer, when they could 
have been paid big money for 
carpentry work here in the states? 

No doubt the answer lies largely 
in the sovereign direction of God. 
He guides men and women to spe- 
cific ministries of which He would 
have them to be a part. 

Probably none of these students 
would have spent the majority of 

their summer laboring in South 
America if they didn't believe that 
God's will was being fulfilled. 
Otherwise the price would have 
been, no doubt, too high to pay. 

Tim, whose home church is the 
Wooster (Ohio) GBC, said before 
the summer began: "Last fall I 
heard about Nehemiah Missions in a 
school chapel service. My youth 
pastor back home and a friend here 
at school encouraged me to think 
about going. I just said, 'This is me; 
if God wants me there, I'll be ac- 
cepted.' I filled out the application 
and now I'm going." 

Some students, such as Scott, a 
member of the Community GBC in 
Union, Ohio, take part in a summer 
ministry without any definite plans 
toward a future in missions work. 
Others undertake a summer minis- 
try so as to see if God might be 
directing them to pursue a career in 
missions, or perhaps missions in a 
specific country. 

Comments Ed, a member of the 
Big Valley Grace Community 
Church in Modesto, California: 
"I've felt since high school that the 

Tom Julien directs questions in a panel discussion on life as a 

missionary wife— one of many excellent seminars 

at the Euro-Missions Institute. 

Lord is leading me into missi 
Through personal growth we'vi 
rived at the point where w 
acknowledging how the Lon 
leading us. I feel that, becaus 
the experience we'll gain and 
influence we'll have on yc 
people toward career missions, 
are not really making a sacrific 

Ed and his wife, Susan, he 
lead the Nehemiah Mission. In i 
tion to supervising constructio 
the chapel, all-purpose building 
led Nehemiah Mission on its w 
end ministries in churches 
open-air meetings. 

In all, 30 young adults betv 
the ages of 17 and 24 took pai 
this specialized part of the < 
Christian Education's Trainini 
Missionary Endeavor (TIME) 
gram. Greg, the other Grace stui 
who participated in this minii 
belongs to the Osceola (Indi 

A total of eight Grace s 
narians and nineteen collegi 
labored in North and South An 
ca, Europe, Asia and Africa 
past summer. A good numbe 
them took part in the Euro-Miss 
Institute, June 2 to July 13. G 
students helped make up a grou 
32 young adults who were invo 
in this other specialized brand 
CE's TIME program. 

The first three weeks of ' 
summer were spent in instruc 
of European field strategy at 
Chateau in France, and the 
three in practical observation 
ministries in France, Germany, 
land and Belgium. The last wee 
eluded evaluation of their pote 
for ministry in European missic: 

Grace students involved in E 
Missions Institute, along with i 
home churches, included: i, 
narians— Tom Betcher, Worthiri; 
(Ohio) GBC; Jane Fretz, Wi:; 
Lake (Indiana) GBC;Wes Heck, 
Chambersburg (Pennsylvania) < 
Mark Klise, Worthington (C, 
GBC; David Kowaike and 
Meads, Warsaw (Indiana) GBC 
Steele, Dayton (Ohio) FGBC. 
legiates— Mindy Franchino, Wt 
(Indiana) GBC; Lorrie Gottsc 
South Bend (Indiana) GBC; 




ns and John Oeize, Winona 
(Indiana) GBC; Karen Royer, 
jbrancli (Ohio) GBC; Julie 
on, Amador Valley Baptist 
1 (Pleasantton, California). 

other Grace students having 
)ut for the summer under the 

program are Kelly Gillis and 
Cinnunen. Kelly, a member of 
mi Valley (California) GBC, 
in Anchorage, Alaska. Tara 
d at the Brethren Navajo 
n in Counselor, New Mexico, 
elongs to the Peru (Indiana) 

lege sophomore Linda 
tz also served on a home mis- 
laid. She was ministering in 
nati under CURE (Christians 

1 Reaching Everyone). Linda, 
ter of Pastor and Mrs. Larry 
tz, director of the Brethren 
) Mission, is a member of the 
a (Indiana) GBC. 

rio of college students minis- 
in Japan. Sharon Cooper and 
Schneider labored with 
I (The Evangelical Alliance 
n), while Jeff Popplewell 
d at the Life Language Insti- 
jharon belongs to the Patter- 
lemorial GBC in Roanoke, 
ia; Ginger to the Elkhart (In- 
First Baptist Church; and 
to the Blackhawk Baptist 
1 in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 
the neighboring country of 
nd was college senior Mary 
ck, member of the Mansfield 
First Alliance Church. She 
under the auspices of the 
:e Youth Corps. Serving in- 
dently on a team of ten stu- 
in the country of Kenya was 
s Dawn Hochstedler. Dawn, a 
3r of the Sunnyside Men- 
Church in Kalona, Iowa, 
i in personal evangelism and 
crusade efforts, 
lise Brown, another Grace 
en college student, served in 
) under Latin America Mis- 
Spearhead organization. She 
s to the Davenport (Iowa) 
The final Grace College sum- 
nissionary was Kevin Long, 
Jbored with Greater Europe 
1 in Greece. His home church 
3 Warsaw (Indiana) Free 
dist Church. ■ 

New Director of Public Relations 

Dennis R. Brown has been ap- 
pointed Director of Public Relations 
of Grace Schools effective the first 
of this month. In making the an- 
nouncement Director of Develop- 
ment Richard Messner said the 
newly created position will com- 
bine Brown's current post of Assist- 
tant Director of Development with 
the information services area. 

Responsibilities will include 
news bureau, supervision of pub- 
lications, advertising, foundation 
research, church relations and other 
related responsibilities. Brown 
joined the staff of Grace Schools as 
a field representative in 1978 and 
was named assistant director in 

He is a former high school 
teacher, principal and pastoral asso- 
ciate and is a licensed elder in the 
Grace Brethren Church, Osceola, 
Ind. A 1972 graduate of Grace Col- 
lege with a major in speech educa- 
tion and a minor in English, he com- 
pleted work for the M.A. degree in 

Christian Education at Grace Theo- 
logical Seminary this past summer. 
He also has done graduate study at 
the University of Iowa. 

An all-conference athlete at 
Grace and a member of the Out- 
standing Young Men of America, 
Brown has traveled extensively. He 
is a frequent speaker on college and 
high school campuses and at youth 
conferences. He is married to the 
former Chris Ryerson and with 
their three sons— Jason, Andrew 
and Jacob— reside on County Road 
225 South, Winona Lake, Indiana. 
The Browns attend the Winona 
Lake Grace Brethren Church. 

Messner said the new position 
was created because of the retire- 
ment of Don R. J. Cramer, as 
Director of Information Services, 
after nine years in that position. 
Cramer will continue to serve at 
Grace in a part-time capacity as the 
Director/Advisor for Student Publi- 
cations as well as coach of the col- 
lege tennis team. ■ 








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Winona Lake, Indiana 46590 

JUNE 1982 HONOR ROLL is as follows: 

In Memory of : 

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Mrs. Ruth Kerr 

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Given by : 

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Deane L. Kerr 
Joanne Kerr 
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Church, Ewa Beach, 






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■Reflections hy Still Waters 

A Parable: 

The Annual Meeting 

Charles W. Turner 


it was the time of the year that 
Brethren go forth to meet as they 
have for many years. To gather, to 
talk and to share; to preach and to 
listen; to do business and to dream 
dreams of the future. It was also a 
time to talk of problems— for It is 
rare to remember a conference 
when there was not a problem! 
Through the years many matters of 
great import have been resolved and 
great doctrines have been debated. 
It has even been a time when chur- 
ches would speak to a prospective 
pastor and tell him of the virtues of 
their congregation and bid him join 
them in the holy cause as their 

Through the years the Brethren 
have debated the wearing of gar- 

==2 OCTOBER 'S2BiV1H=:S 

ments and the place of belts and 
buckles and even the color of a car 
... or whether one should even 
drive an automobile! The color of 
the garb and the place of the Chris- 
tian soldier in the relationship to 
the kingdoms of this world have 
also been discussed. The baptism 
service and the communion have 
been debated as to the modes and 
choice of foods at the love feast. 
These have been a part of the Breth- 
ren Annual Meeting. 

And behold it was time to go to 
the Annual Meeting; this time to an 
oasis on the desert. The oasis was 
built by a Mormon trader and he 
had built his tents well. He sur- 
rounded them with golf courses and 
tennis courts and palm trees. And 
the Brethren came to visit and ac- 
cept the kind hospitality of the 
trader. They came to the desert- 
not on camels— but on the backs of 
great birds which flew with the 
speed of jets. The birds bore strange 
names like PSA, Jet America, 
United, and one bird got sick and 
could not make the trip— a bird 
called Braniff. Some of the less-sick 
birds did make it, but they may 
soon die. 

Others came by land animals 
called Toyota, Datsun, Subaru, 
Izusu, VW, and a bigger animal called 
a Mercedes (one of the richer 
Brethren) and one even came in a 
strange-sounding animal called a 
Chevrolet (it was very old). 

They all came to the oasis of the 
trader and some kissed and the 
ladies even cried with delight as 
they met friends they had not seen 
since the last Annual Meeting. The 
Brethren sang together, ate together, 
prayed together, and worshiped to- 
gether. Their problems, they said, 
could wait until next year . . . they 
had planned to do that anyway. 
They were polite to each other, as 
the name Brethren should imply. 
But it seemed that most people 
were not in the mood to change the 
understandings of the Brethren and 
they seemed to like what they had 

enjoyed through the years. They 
found little desire to change it. So 
it seems that no one was really con- 
verted from their cause— not the 
"straight line Brethren," nor the 
"Brethren for change," not even the 
Mormon trader! All seemed to re- 
main as they had been when they 
came to the desert oasis. 

There were happy moments in 
the desert as people came from far 
away to tell of the blessings of our 
God. From Africa, Europe, South 
America, and other lands our Breth- 
ren shared with us of how God 
works across racial and cultural 
lines. God, you know, is a God of 
all people and wishes to redeem all. 
But a need was also with us— how 
could new Brethren go and share 
their love and the love of God with 
these people who were far away? 
The Brethren with joy said, "We 
will help to send you, though there 
be a famine in our land today. 
Though times be hard and the 
dinners expensive in the oasis, let us 
help." They did with much money 
and the people said, "Amen," and 
the future missionaries said, 
"Amen", and the leaders of Foreign 
Missions said, "Amen, Amen,"— and 
we cried together with joy in the 

But Friday came and the tents in 
the oasis were no longer rented and 
the big birds waited to take us 
home and the famine had reached 
the purses of the people and they 
kissed and hugged and the Mormon 
trader said goodbye, and the Breth- 
ren said, "We like your oasis in the 
desert and we will be back in 1988 
to share our 99th Annual Confer- 
ence with you." He said, "I will 
build more tents much nicer than 
the tents I now have for you." And 
the beginning of the first day was 
11 3° and the end day was 105° and 
it was well. 

(Editor's Note. My apologies to all Breth- 
ren mho did not make it to conference. 
Some of the details may escape you. 
However, after a few decades of confer- 
ences, they are difficult to report/— CWT) 




VoluiDe44 Number 10 October 1982 

The Brethren Missionary Herald 
(ISStM-0161-5238) is published 
monthly by the Brethren Mission- 
ary Herald Co., P.O. Box 544, 1 104 
Kings Highway, Winona Lake, IN 
46590. Subscription prices: $6.75 
per year; foreign, $8.50; special rates 
to churches. Second-class postage 
paid at Winona Lake, IN 46590. 
Printed by BMH Printing. POST- 
MASTER: Send address changes to 
Brethren Missionary l-leraid, P.O. 
Box 544, Winona Lake, IN 46590. 

EXTRA COPIES of back issues 
are available. One copy, $1.75; two 
copies, $2.75; three to ten copies, 
$1.25 each; more than ten copies, 
$1.00 each. Please include your 
check with order. (Prices include 
postage charges. I 

NEWS ITEMS contained in each 
issue are presented for information, 
and do not indicate endorsement. 

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allow four weeks for the change to 
be made. 

chandise orders: 1-800-348-2756. 

Editor, Charles W. Turner 
Managing Editor, Kenneth Herman 
Production Manager, Bruce Brickel 
Artist, Mary Jane Fretz 
Editorial Secretary, Omega Sandy 
Departmental Editors: 

Christian Education: 

Knute Larson 

Foreign Missions: 

John Zielasko, Nora Macon 

Grace Brethren Boys: 

Mike Ostrander 

Grace Brethren Men: 

Harold Hollinger 

Grace Schools: 

Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. 
Don Cramer 

Home Missions: 

Dr. Lester E. Pifer, Liz Cutler 

Women's Missionary Council: 

Nora Macon 


4 Get Blisters for the Lord 

8 When the Action Stops 

10 Responding to Opportunity 

11 Help Wanted 

14 ". . . you show me out of the Catholic Bible!" 

16 The Characteristics of a Godly Friendship 

18 Going Self-Supporting: A Dream Come True at 

Southern Lancaster GBC 

20 Decisions! Decisions! 

22 A Church of Deacons 

24 "Church of the Year": Anchorage 

27 Meet Your WMC Officers 

28 The President's Report: Seeking Holiness 
30 Work Smart, Not Hard 

32 Summer Sports Camps 

34 Grace Ministries in Action 

btnh features 

• Reflections By Still Waters 2 • 
• BMH News Report 12 • 

repcrted in the herald lottorS 

35 YEARS AGO - 1947 

Misses Evelyn Fuqua and Elaine 
Polman reported they were reaching 
about 800 children each week in the 
country around Clayhole, Kentucky. 
. . . The Grace Seminary faculty for 
this year was Dr. Alva McClain, Harry 
Sturz, Homer A. Kent Sr., Herman A. 
Hoyt, Robert Culver and Paul Bauman. 

25 YEARS AGO - 1957 

The National WMC reported 191 
councils with an enrollment of 4,207 
and a distribution of 72,319 tracts for 
the year. . . . Grandview, Washington, 
dedicated their new church. 

15 YEARS AGO - 1967 

The Grace Brethren Church of New 
Holland, Pennsylvania, broke ground 
for what became the third branch of 
the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Grace 
Brethren Church. . . . The New Sco- 
field Reference Bible was introduced. 

Another Christian and I 
ordered some tracts from you, 
and I just tinought I'd let you 
know about a 29-year-old man 
who was deep into drugs and 
drinking was -saved through that 
yellow and green tract, "Life's 
Most Important Question." And 
also many people have been 
under conviction. I would like to 
order 100 more of that tract. I'm 
enclosing a check for $13.00. If 
that isn't enough, just send a 
note with the tracts. 

Thank you for printing this 
tract and keep up the good work. 

See you on the way up\— Jim 

COVER PHOTO: Moose Pond, Maine. 
(By F. Sieb, H. Armstrong Roberts) 



Get Blisters for the Lord 

by Nora Macon 

"Go build a wall !" 

When most people use that com- 
mand, they're trying to get rid of a 
pesky little brother. But when 
GBC Christian Education and 
Foreign Missions issued the state- 
ment, 32 people took it seriously 
and did! 

it wasn't an ordinary wall, 

A youth camp outside of Sao 
Miguel, Brazil, is the home of the 
wall. The 32 builders traveled 
together as a team known as 

Nehemiah Missions, an extension of 
the TIME program. Through hard 
work and the Lord's blessings, this 
team not only built a wall but 
also many other things. 

But I'm getting ahead in my 

Let me tell you a little bit about 
Nehemiah Missions. Over a year 
ago, the Christian Education De- 
partment began publicizing a new 
missions program. This one was 
different from other TIME teams, 
which are usually comprised for 
four to seven people. Nehemiah 
Missions had openings for up to 35 

members who would be traveling to 
north Brazil to construct a building. 

After the leaders were appointed 
and the team members selected, 
plans were laid for the summer's 
ministry. Nehemiah Missions was 
to be more than a construction 
crew;this program would emphasize 
missions— what it's like to be a 
missionary, how our mission 
operates, what it's like living in 
another culture, and how each 
person can fit into missions. 

When June 7 arrived, it found 
the team gathered at Florida's 
district camp in Okeechobee, 



Florida, for a week of Boot Camp. 
The 28 members ranged in age from 
1 7 to 25 and came from ten states. 

Not l<nowing exactly what to 
expect, they anxiously eyed the 
four team leaders, Ed and Susan 
Miller, Dave Knepper, and myself. 
We observed them, too, wondering 
what each one's personality was 
like. We soon found out. 

Our team members were among 
the finest young people in the 
Grace Brethren Fellowship. After a 
few short days they had become a 
unified body, working well together. 
It was as if everyone had known 
each other for years. 

At Boot Camp sessions were 
held on laying brick, mixing mud 
(mortar), and pouring concrete. 
Most of the young people had never 
done this type of work before. 
During the week, the team built 
walls for an enclosed dining area at 
the camp, reroofed a building for 
the Okeechobee GBC, poured a 
sidewalk, and painted. 

Other sessions covered photog- 
raphy, culture shock, Bible study, 
personal devotions, and preparing 
testimonies. In music classes, songs 
were learned in English and Portu- 
guese). It was a busy, tiring week. 

Sunday morning, our Nehemiah 
group presented a short program 
and was commissioned at the 
Okeechobee church. The people of 

We also had the opportunity 
those first few days to minister in 
the church at Icoaraci. It was 
exciting to meet the young people 
of the church, get to know them 
(in spite of the language barrier), 
and go into the neighborhood with 
them inviting folks to church. The 
team participated in the evening 

Wednesday morning we loaded 
our duffle bags and supplies on a 
bus and took off on a three-hour 
trip to Sao Miguel, site of the 
Brazilian Brethren national camp. 
What a thrill to finally arrive! 

After unloading the gear, we 
began to explore our new surround- 
ings. The dorms were long build- 
ings—block walls with wooden 
lattice at the top (to let the air 
circulate) with tile roofs. They were 
completely empty except for poles 
running down the middle to support 
the center beam. The girls' dorm 
had a bathroom complete with 
shower stalls attached on the back, 
but it was empty since there was no 
plumbing or electricity. 

I headed for the building where I 
would spend most of my time 
(since I cooked three meals a day 
for the team)— the kitchen. With 
only one wall (the rest was open), 
part of the small structure was 
kitchen, and the other half was a 
dining area with narrow benches 

Go Build a Wall 

and no tables. Half of the roof was 
tiled, the other, thatched. After a 
few weeks, it became commonplace 
to cook on a tiny stove, go to the 
well for water (we boiled every 
drop of water we used), and see all 
types of creatures (chickens, lizards, 
spiders, and wasps) saunter in and 

Ed and Dave inspected the 
building site. Much to their dismay, 
they discovered the footers were 
off in elevation by five feet from 

Home of the future "wall." 

Going up! 

The almost finished product — our "wall" 

the church had done many things 
to help us during the week. Right 
after the service and a delicious 
lunch at the church, the group 
boarded a bus and was off to the 
Miami airport to catch its flight to 

Even though we arrived in Belem 
at 3 a.m., the missionaries were 
there to welcome us. After making 
it through customs with no prob- 
lems, we headed to our home for 
the next two days— the Wycliffe 
MK dormitory. There we rested, 
tried to adjust to the climate, and 
stocked our supplies. 



one end of the building site to the 
other. A lot of dirt would have to 
be moved to fill in the area. 

Others of the team located the 
outhouses, the Brazilian caretaker's 
home, Eddie and Eileen Miller's 
trailer, and a tool shack. During our 
six-week stay in Brazil, this camp 
became our home. 

All of us became accustomed to 
doing things we never dreamed of 
doing. We were careful to drink 
only boiled water. That meant 
running to the kitchen to get water 
before brushing our teeth. 

A cool, clear stream in the jungle 
(located about a half mile from the 
camp) became our swimming pool, 
bathtub, and laundry facilities. 

Bible study and prayer 
were important parts of a 
day's activities. 

A stream in the jungle 

served as the swimming 

pool, bathtub, and 

washing machine. 

Whoever thought they'd be doing 
their laundry in a stream, using a 
scrub brush and a bar of Pels 
Naptha soap? The stream was a place 
of great refreshment and came 
equipped with a swinging vine. 

Sleeping in hammocks was 
another new experience. After a 
few restless nights, most of us "got 
the hang" of the proper way and 
slept most comfortably. We dis- 
covered that if we laid in the right 
place, we could sleep in any 
position— on our backs, sides, or 

Everyone also got used to getting 
up every morning at 5:30. Work 
began at 6:00, and that half hour 
gave plenty of time for getting 
dressed, putting on work boots, and 

visiting the outhouse. 

Making the most of the morning's 
coolness, the team worked until 
7:30 when breakfast was served. 
After the meal came personal devo- 
tions. Each team member spent a 
half-hour in prayer and Bible reading 
with the Lord. To us, it was the 
most important part of the day. 

Then, back to work! The day 
would progressively get hotter until 
noon— lunch time. Since this was 
the hottest part of the day, an hour 
break took place after lunch. Most 
people slept, but some did laundry 
and others went swimming. 

At 2:00 the bell sounded, and it 
was work again until 5:30. The 
girls left first to go to the stream 
to bathe, then the guys went when 
the girls returned. 

Supper was served between 6:30 
and 7:00, while the sun was setting. 
Before the camp was wired for 
electricity, the evenings were lit by 
flashlights and kerosene lanterns. 

At 8 o'clock, the team gathered 
together for a time of singing and 

Bible study. During some of these 
meetings, our missionaries shared 
with us the various aspects of 
missions. Each missionary family 
spent several days with us so we 
could get to know them. 

As 9:30 rolled around, it was 
bedtime. For about ten minutes, 
the dorms were alive with the 
sounds of hammocks swinging their 
contents to sleep. Then, silence. 

This was our weekday schedule. 
Some Saturdays we worked until 
noon, then the rest of the day was 
free. What does one do in the 
interior of Brazil with free time? 
Well, there was always laundry. Or 
letter writing. Or swimming. Or 
going into town on the back of 
Uncle Eddie's truck. 

Two of the most important 
members of our team didn't come 
from the U.S. with us. They were 
already in Brazil. Eddie and Eileen 
Miller stayed at the camp with us 
the entire time. Eileen took care of 
Ed and Susan's daughters, Stephanie 
and Jessica. Ed is the son of Eddie 
and Eileen, so Grandma enjoyed 
taking care of the girls. Eddie, Uncle 
Eddie, as we all soon called him, 
was our purchasing agent for both 
construction supplies and food and 
was our interpreter. His endless 
supply of energy was an inspiration 
to all. We grew to love the Millers 
very much. 

Back to my story, the team 
worked hard and the wall went up. 
So did a few other things. By the 
end of six weeks, we had built a 
large dining/kitchen facility— a 
40'x90' area under roof— plus a 
water tower and a new outhouse. 
We also wired the camp with 
electricity, put in plumbing in the 
girls' dorm, dug a septic tank, 
painted, and tore down the old 

Everything was done by hand, 
including mixing 131,000 pounds 
of concrete, plaster, and mortar. 

47 tons of rocks were broken by hand. 

Materials used included 6,600 
bricks, 10,000 roof tiles, and 3,600 
board feet of lumber. The team 
broke over 47 tons of rock. 

But that's not all that was built. 

Every weekend we visited Brazil- 
Ian churches. What a thrill to meet 




Fellowship with the Brazilian young 
people was exciting. 

the believers, fellowship with them, 
and minister to them. It was awe- 
some to think that we served the 
same great God and that He could 
understand them in Portuguese and 
us in English as we prayed. 

We sang songs, did puppet num- 
bers, and gave testimonies during 
our program. After the services we 
enjoyed getting to know the 
Brazilian people. Communication 
was accomplished through gestures, 
smiles, and br